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Something Old, New, Borrowed, And Blue: Cabot Gun’s 1911s

Almost anyone involved in the gun world who is also a shooter comes to value--and sometimes yearn for--simplicity in some facet of shooting, such as a handgun with minimal whistles and bells. In my first Gunsite pistol class several years ago, I shot a different handgun every day for three very loooong days (frustrating to maddening, but I was too suborn to try a handgun other than what I liked on paper), trying to find out what I could effectively shoot under stress, clear, clean and service. When the time was right, the Gunsite course instructor kindly gave me a brief history lesson Read More >>

What the Scotus Decision in United States v. Jones Regarding GPS Surveillance Means to You

What the Scotus Decision in United States v. Jones Regarding GPS Surveillance Mean to You

By: Bryan L. Ciyou, Esq. In this blog post, and consistent with the educational objectives of our site, I distill the essence of the United States Supreme Court’s January 23, 2012 decision in United States v. Jones. This case involves the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Fourth Amendment protects citizens (and some non-citizens) from government seizure of their property; it provides, in pertinent part, that “[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be Read More >>

Sweepstakes Second Prize Winner (Glock 17) – Dan Voils

Meet Dan Voils, winner of the Glock 17 in our "Pre-Launch" gun show Sweepstakes. In these pictures, Dan is Firing his new prized possession. Dan has quickly become a loyal GST fan and friend. When Dan isn't at the range, you can find him taking professional photos, check him out here -- www.dbnphotos.com. Nice shooting Dan and thanks for the great pictures! --Gun Shows Today Staff Read More >>

Part III: What You Need To Know About Buying Your First Gun Safe.

Part III: What You Need To Know About Buying Your First Gun Safe. Location/Installation The final broad consideration when deciding to buy a safe is where to locate it and who will do the installation. By Gun Shows Today - your #1 source of gun show schedule dates and locations. Safes are usually heavy and may be cumbersome to position and take special equipment to place, such as a dolly to a crane. This should be determined before purchase is made. If the location is fixed, the safe may be hinged to open opposite normal or custom built to the space. More practically, some safes have Read More >>

Part II: What You Need To Know About Buying Your First Gun Safe.

Part II: What You Need To Know About Buying Your First Gun Safe. Threat As alluded to in the last paragraph, prudent safe owners consider the threat it is intended to thwart in advance. By Gun Shows Today - your #1 source of gun show schedule dates and locations. For instance, a safe to prevent a burglar from stealing its contents may have different construction than one intended to maintain the contents in an intact fashion through a raging fire. In addition, the threat may be the elements themselves, such as with valuable papers or data (e-files). It does little good to have the Read More >>

Part I: What You Need To Know About Buying Your First Gun Safe

Part I: Let’s “Safe-It”, Nothing is Safe. What You Need To Know About Buying Your First Gun Safe. Almost everyone who has regularly attended a gun show, worked in a hardware or big-box home improvement store, or as a locksmith across the Country observe that in times of uncertainty (i.e., Y2K, Post-911) and disaster, and now in the current global financial crisis, the home safe has a particular allure and see an up-tick in sales. By Gun Shows Today - your #1 source of gun show schedule dates and locations. It seems no place is really “safe”, including big financial Read More >>

Can I Own a Short-Barreled Shotgun Under the NFA

Can I Own a Short-Barreled Shotgun Under the NFA?  What’s The Big Question About These? It Seems Like Everyone Is Confused.   As an attorney and gun shows today blog contributor, who sometimes addresses NFA questions in the scope of my profession, I have encountered variations of these questions several times. The answer to whether you can own a short-barreled shotgun under the NFA is MAYBE! This blog post should increase your knowledge and help you understand how the law may apply in your state. A close look at “why” the answer is “maybe” explains why there is such Read More >>

How To Check Firearms in Airline Luggage

How To Check Firearms in Airline Luggage...Along with Some Personal Insights. By Gun Shows Today Staff. After September 11, 2001, every facet of airline transportation and operation was examined. In the process, some of the ambiguity of flying with firearms was clarified. Any person who desires to fly with firearms in checked baggage should carefully study the TSA and airline’s most current rules, regulations and policies just prior to departure. Each and every rule and regulation must be followed. There are several general, universal requirements a passenger must follow in every Read More >>

Federal or State Preemption on Gun and Firearms Rights

What It Means and How It Applies In the States To Firearms In recent years, there has been a coordinated national effort by lobby groups like the NRA and Gun Owners of America to get state-based legislation passed. This is in addition to bringing suits to address specific cases where egregious wrongs and gross breaches of the right to keep and bear arms. This is pretty remarkable as these lobbies have remained true to their more central mission of maintaining strong lobbies in Congress for federal matters impacting gun ownership. They have done well on all accounts. In fact, for the Read More >>

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 >>