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  •  I don't think he was federally licensed. It was a (2+ / 0-)

    small vendor with a table at a small show held on an Air National Guard base. It sounded like he called the state's department of public safety office and read off the numbers on the driver's license. Perhaps they do that with NICS too. But, whatever it was, it was quick and easy. Even the MANY gun nuts at the show didn't seem too bothered by it.

    Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

    by tekno2600 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 09:24:39 AM PST

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    •  All gun dealers at a gun show have to run a full (6+ / 0-)

      background check by federal every state, every time.  They do not call the local sheriff or the local PD, it is run through the FBI NICS system and this is a federal law.

       I go to gun shows all the time, and often I can't even look at a weapon without my driver license being asked for and the dealer placing it up the table until I am finished looking and if I want to buy, that same dealer keeps my license and begins the process of a background check.  

      Individuals can sell at a gun show without a background check in SOME states, but this does not mean there are hordes of "individuals" with tables at the local gun show.  It means that you might see a couple of people walking around with a sign on their gun for sale with a description and price and you can approach him or her and purchase without a background check.  

      However, the same guy or girl could sell that same gun at a stop sign or on Craig list or in his garage for that matter.

      If they have a table at a gun show, they are licensed dealers and MUST process any sales with a background check. The rule about this states that if they buy and sell for profit, then they must conduct background checks, in every state, nationwide.  So you set up a table, you must do it.

      I wish we could get this information straight, as it does no good to continue "discussing" reasonable gun regulations with faulty information.  People have the impression that all gun shows and everyone in them are conducting gun sales to the masses with no accountability at all.  It is completely and totally false.

      I will also add that I have never been to a gun show, ever, that didn't have multiple officers on the scene, walking up and down the aisles and usually set up at a table when you walk in....asking if you have a CHL or CCW (depending on the state) and if you have a loaded weapon.

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