You would think the one place a licensed concealed carry gun owner would be welcome with open arms is at a gun show. After all, the kinds of folks who attend gun shows are obviously gun owners and gun enthusiasts. Attending gun shows is one of my favorite weekend activities because I love guns, ammunition, and gun accessories.
This weekend, I attended a gun show in Springdale Arkansas, my first in that state. I was shocked when I approached the door of the building, to see signs plastered all over the doors. The signs read, “No loaded guns past this point”, “No loaded clips or loose ammo allowed”, and “No loaded concealed carry allowed”.
In other words, I can walk in a place that is in the business of promoting guns for self defense, yet I am expected to be defenseless while I am there. Also… I can purchase guns, ammo, and magazines inside the show and walk around with them, but can’t walk around with the same items if I had them in my possession before the show?
Rather than attend with a useless gun, I turned around, went back to the car, and left my gun in the trunk.
I walked back toward the gun show feeling vulnerable, irritated, and almost did not attend. I also looked around the parking lot and thought, if I was a thief, I could expect to make a sizable haul of firearms from vehicles in this parking lot today. I was very uncomfortable leaving my gun in the car.
I asked the guy taking money at the front door of the gun show, why I could not have my concealed carry in the building? He said it was for insurance reasons.
I have had repeated threats made against my life because of my political posts against the Islamization of my country. I do not go anywhere without being armed.
I would understand gun show organizers posting rules related to keeping personal concealed carry guns holstered or concealed. I can see why they wouldn’t want people pulling out their personal guns and trying them in holsters at the shows, but I resent being told that I have to disarm.
What is wrong with asking concealed carry gun owners at the door to show their permits, then letting them attend, armed?
Is it just me or is it strange that I can walk in to most businesses in my home state, including banks, with my concealed carry gun loaded, yet can’t go to a gun show with it? I did some checking on the internet and discovered this is a common practice at gun shows in various states. I guess I have just been spoiled by the shows I attended in Texas, a state where most folks own guns and don’t take to kindly to being told to disarm.
Is it too much to expect people in the firearms business to be the most fierce advocates for the 2nd Amendment rights of citizens in this country, therefore, supportive of the legal right to concealed carry?
Of all the places to have my right to self defense stripped from me, a gun show was the one place I would never have expected that to happen.
The vendors at the show were kind. I did spend some money there, but, I still resent the fact that I have gone through the training and testing to qualify as a responsible citizen for legal concealed carry in over 30 states, including Arkansas, yet that legal permit was not recognized and my right to armed self defense was denied by the sponsors of this gun show.
Finally, if people in the business of gun sales don’t trust legal concealed carry gun owners to enter the establishment armed, what message does this send to other businesses and Americans about the concept of concealed carry and whether they should allow it in their business? (c) 2012 JAN MORGAN