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Have a few people at a gun store or guns how muzzle sweep or purposely aim at you and then tell us why loaded guns at shows are a good idea. Sure most are safe , but idiots get in too.
The show sponsors are trying to keep a safe environment. My LGS has a sign requiring all guns brought in for service/sale to be unloaded. CCW holder exempt unless trying holsters. While I appreciate this I would understand if they didn't want anyone armed ( due to liability).
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At our gun shows in NC, which my son and I love to attend, we can whip our guns around all we want, try out holsters and other accessories, etc. and nobody says a word, That's because they're zip-tied at the door. Makes more sense than asking you to leave 'em behind. And no magazines although you could smuggle one. That's because they also sell knives .. knife, zip-tie, get my drift?
Thing is, you could buy a mag, ammo, and a knife (metal detector at door) and shoot the place up.
My question is, is it legal to ignore the line if you are concealing? At the show I go to in WA they usually have a LEO at the door assisting/observing the ziptie process. They don't do any metal detectors or anything, just an honor system. If I will not be exposing/removing my gun from it's concealed position in the holster, do I have an obligation still to stand in line and be rendered defenseless?
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firstly, i agree, that IF YOUR GUN NEVER LEAVES ITS HOLSTER, that you would be safe. nevertheless, if loaded, holstered, and un-zip-tied guns were allowed by policy, at some point, SOMEONE would draw their's for one reason or another, and eventually we'd have an ND.
in Washington State, ad hoc "no guns" prohibitions do not have the force of law, therefore you are 'legal' to ignore them.
if it's a WAC show, someone should ask you, "any guns?", as you enter. are you willing to lie and say, "no"?
if you're caught, you will be expelled and your membership stripped. is it worth it? only you can say.
i prefer to abide by their rules. if i enter the show with a gun, it will be tied.
noway2: your entire post was a thoughtful presentation of the conflicts inherent in this situation.
i have excerpted one section to comment on.
my primary firearms trainer once told my class that she only feels the need to wear her bulletproof vest WHEN SHE'S TRAINING POLICE OFFICERS, not when she teaches non-LEOs. it seems as far as she is concerned, that as a group, LEOs are less safe gun handlers than are 'civilians'.
so, 'training' is not necessarily a panacea against ND's.
Yeah there are people at gun shows handling the weapons with no knowledge of gun safety. I saw a vendor showing a guy and his wife/girlfriend a handgun and the woman took the gun from hubby and pointed it down the isle into the crowd and pulled the trigger! She had know idea how to check the weapon to see if it was clear and know idea if it was clear.
I am not crazy about having to have my gun zipped tied but I live with it. Sometimes I'll forgo the hassle and lock the gun in my gun safe in my truck rather than having to unload and reload.
Personally, I don't go to many guns shows because, as you note, there usually are no great deals. Sometimes it is fun to just mill around and look at the goods on a rainy afternoon.
That said, I would not set foot in the place if every schmo walking in was toting a loaded weapon. For reasons already described, it's a disaster waiting to happen.
As to the "rules", the safety issue aside, the companies that provide insurance for these venues virtually always require all weapons (other than LE) to be checked at the door. In regards to your comment about "force of law", the property owner always has the perogotive to prohibit loaded weapons on private property, so don't push that argument as you'll likely be asked to leave the venue.
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