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Record Gun Sales on “Black Friday”

Record Gun Sales on Black Friday

What Does It Mean, If Anything? By Gun Shows Today Staff. Over the years, the term “Black Friday” has been used as a pejorative term to refer to bad state or national events that happened to occur, well, on Friday, of course! For those employed in retail sales, Black Friday may have a negative association–throngs of shoppers trying to get a great deal on the Friday following Thanksgiving. The owners and shareholders (of larger stores) at retail associate the term “Black Friday” with whether their operations will be in the black (making money) or red (losing money). So Read More >>

Virginia Tech’s (Second) Campus Shooting

Virginia Tech’s (Second) Campus Shooting (12:08:11)

It Takes a Hard Look to Make Sense of a Senseless Act By Gun Shows Today Staff. In the wake of Virginia Tech’s second on-campus shooting in a few years, the GST staff thought this tragedy worthy of serious contemplation. To date, the April 16, 2007, Virginia Tech shooting spree, during which 32 people were murdered by a lone gunman, before the gunman killed himself, marks the greatest loss of life by a shooting at a U.S. college or university. Now again . . . . Who, or what, is responsible? At fault? To blame? As a point of departure, keep in mind humans have attempted to answer Read More >>

The Elmore’s Firearms Burglary in Greenwood, Indiana


A Case Study for FFLs and Individuals By Gun Shows Today Staff. At Gun Shows Today, we advocate safe and lawful firearms ownership. We do this by providing you with accurate, high-quality, thought-provoking educational information for the firearms community through media releases like this blog post. We are of the fundamental view with news of the day, both good and bad, such as when Charlton Heston held a up a (replica) Sharps rifle up at the 129th NRA Convention and famously uttered the words, “From my cold, dead hands!”, to very recent night time smash and grab at Elmore’s Read More >>

Six Keys to Running a Good Gun Show

Anyone who has been to and enjoyed a good time at gun shows may think it is an easy way for a promoter to make a buck. Nothing could be further from the truth. The ease comes from experience, but more importantly, hours of pre-planning and relentless attention to detail. There are lots of gun shows, but few good ones and even fewer great ones. Whether you are an attendee, dealer or promoter, understanding the six keys to what makes for a well-oiled gun show provides insight for all segments of gun industry, ownership, safety and the business world at large. Zip-Tied Guns. The simple Read More >>

The Three (3) Barriers To Federal License To Carry

The Three (3) Barriers To Federal License To Carry As attorneys who handle and monitory firearms cases and legislation across the United States, Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. advocates observe that in almost every session of Congress, bills are put forth to adopt into law a federal CCP. Although these may not ever come to fruition, it is helpful to understand the major barriers to such in order to help some day tilt the balance in favor of a passage at the right time. As advocates who have handled a broad array of gun issues, and write and teach on the topic extensively, it appears there are Read More >>

Can I Buy A Machine Gun At A Gun Shop or Gun Show?

Can I Buy A Machine Gun At A Gun Shop or Gun Show? Yes, no, or maybe? The answer; actually, is all three (3): “yes,” “no,” and/or “maybe.” The broad answer is “yes” if is a pre-May, 1986. All machine guns made after this time are illegal for individuals to purchase, own or possess. However, there are always exceptions. The very same machine gun may be illegal to purchase and possess if it is illegal to do so under state or local law. Most states have a law prohibiting machine guns. Several states provide exceptions for those registered under the National Firearms Read More >>

Three Reasons to Attend A Reputable Shooting School/Course of Instruction For Gun Handling

Three Reasons to Attend A Reputable Shooting School/Course of Instruction For Gun Handling Unfortunately, as an attorney who tracks, studies, and dissects deadly force cases from across the Country–and handles a number of “what if” cases that becomes real, I find a common thread running through most questionable deadly force cases. Obtain and maintaining a CCP and having a handgun is the beginning and end of consideration for many gun owners. Time and again, this proves a recipe for disaster for an accidental discharge to unlawful use of deadly force. There are no do-overs. Put Read More >>

The Nine Classes of People Who Cannot Possess Firearms.

The Nine Classes of People Who Cannot Possess Firearms. As an attorney who has handled hundreds of firearms matters, ranging from criminal to compliance/regulatory, a common question I receive from people of all walks of life is “Who is prohibited from the purchase and possession of firearms?” Broadly, there are nine (9) classes of people who are unable to possess firearms under federal law. However, it is unlawful for anyone (he, she or it, such as an “FFL”) to knowingly sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to a person within these groups. This means both the Read More >>

Can I Buy A Gun At An Out-of-State Gun Show or Shop?

Can I Buy A Gun At An Out-of-State Gun Show or Shop? Maybe. Local and state laws may limit or prohibit the purchase of a gun at an out-of-state gun show or shop. Every FFL holder must follow these laws even if they are contradicted or incongruous with federal law. However, (if permitted) federal firearms law may allow a non-resident (not otherwise prohibited) to purchase a firearm out-of-state. The purchase is the payment for the firearm. The federal firearms law provisions trigger on delivery and possession. What this means is that a gun show attendee in another state may purchase a Read More >>

What the U.S. Supreme Court Says About the Right To Keep And Bear Arms

What the U.S. Supreme Court Says About the Right To Keep And Bear Arms In 1876, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) held in United States v. Cruikshank, the right to keep and bear arms is a natural right. This means it existed before the formation of the Union and had foundation in the divine. After that, SCOTUS was silent on the issue for decades. Indeed, it is only in the last three (3) years that the parameters of the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution have been developed. The first case is the most famous, Heller v. District of Columbia (2008). In this case, SCOTUS Read More >>