Folks who speak the words, “Gun Show Loop Hole,” often use cryptic tones of voice to help create the idea that something evil is going on at gun shows. Lets get it said right at the start, there is no legal “Loop Hole” regarding gun sales at gun shows. The same laws apply and are in force there as in any gun shop or in your living room, back yard, shopping mall, or flea market.
Those who continuously bray about the awful Gun Show Loop Hole are either magnificently ignorant of the subject or they are part of an insidious scheme to get all of America under the thumb of government. There is no middle ground here. These are the only two possible reasons for anyone to make any noise about something that does not exist. Those who call to close of the Gun Show Loop Hole out of true ignorance are dupes and therefore tools of this very real government scheme. It’s an either/or situation. Where do you fit into this picture?
There is no Gun Show Loop Hole and there never was! We hear the words “Gun Show Loop Hole” all the time. It has become a term that gets talked about frequently by anyone who clings to the fantasies enshrined in the equally inane idea, “Gun Control.” These words revolve around subjects that exist only in the minds of those who use them. They are made-up terms that are not real and continuing to use them as though they were cannot change that fact. The term was invented to help get the public to think there was something broken that needs fixing. Be careful of what you wish for!
Lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and politicians all know these things to be true. If you corner them on the subject and they whine that they didn’t know, you should carefully consider if they are fit to hold their office and think on it during the next election cycle. The authorities are banking on the institutionalized ignorance created by the public school system (which has been teaching our youth not to use their brains for many decades.) Getting America to believe there is such a thing as a Gun Show Loop Hole will just help government get you to give up more of your rights based on a false idea.
Here are the facts. Many of the vendors at gun shows are licensed gun dealers. When you go to a gun show most of the tables showing guns for sale were rented by these dealers. Licensed gun dealers must abide by all the usual registration and record-keeping laws no matter where they do business. Being at a gun show changes nothing for them. They do all the paperwork and background checks just like in their shop.
Some of the vendors are merely private citizens who have rented their space in an effort to sell off some of their personal property, which may include a gun or two. For them this is nothing more than a big yard sale and the same laws apply to them as would apply to any transaction they had in the living room of their home. Currently trade of private property is not regulated (taxed), and this is the real crux of the issue.
Government has been seeking a way to regulate private trade for a long time. There have already been attempts to get some sort of regulation (tax) on yard sales. If the government can get citizens to go for a “special” law that presumably controls the private trade of guns it’ll have made a giant step forward towards regulating private trade in general. Such a law will certainly control any other private property you want to sell. Remember, where the sale takes place changes nothing in the applicable laws. That’s an important detail of this topic.
By the way, this subject is at the heart of various laws regarding the trade of “animal parts,” most notably, bear parts. Prohibition on the sale of animal parts was pushed on the idea that it would curb poaching. Well, such law has been in place for nearly 30 years. The authorities grudgingly admit that there is no impact on poaching or the sale of animal parts. They do occasionally catch someone in violation and try to make an example of them. These supposed anti-poaching laws remain in place even though the animal populations continues to rise at much faster rates than state-biologists say is a healthy, and notably so for bears. The only thing the prohibition on the sale of bear “animal parts” did was make a narrow segment of private property illegal to sell. It was a solid step in the direction of regulating private trade. It’s a right we let government take away and we got nothing in return. We were told it was one thing, but it turned out to be something else entirely. That is where it has its similarities with the idea of a Gun Show Loop Hole. It’s really only about regulating the trade of private property.
Let’s say you own a gun and want to sell it for whatever reason. You have a friend who comes to your house to buy it. No paper work of any kind is required for this transaction (though some sort of bill of sale is wise and often exchanged.) It would be the same if you made that transaction in your garage, your yard, the parking lot of the local shopping mall, or even at a roadside stop. The transaction is the same no matter where it takes place, and the laws apply just the same at any of these places. The place where the sale occurs has no bearing on the nature of the transaction. This legal situation also governs the sale of your used kitchen appliances or your private collection of stamps or Elvis memorabilia. It’s all private property and therefore all treated the same in the law. So, two private citizens who happen to meet at a gun show have the same kind of transaction going on as long as they are selling their private property one to another. Whether it’s guns or watermelons they are bound by no more regulation than if they were in their living room. They just happened to be at the gun show.
In fact, there are a great many things other than guns to be found for sale at a gun show. It’s really just a great big flea market where everyone there either paid for a space to show their wares or paid to come in and see those wares. Some of them have guns or gun parts to sell. Some are actually selling stamp collections, coin collections and all manner of clothing and equipment along with lots of gun related stuff. Gun dealers come because they know there will be a high concentration of gun buyers present and these dealers sell a lot of guns at these shows. Each and every one of a dealer’s gun sales is properly recorded and every gun-law there is applies at gun shows. There is no loophole and there never was!
So, why do we keep hearing about it? Well, it’s because government wants to have the general population disarmed so they cannot resist further steps towards tyranny. Disarming the general population (i.e. “Gun Control”) is the most important step for any tyrannical government. No tyrannical government has failed to put gun control to good use some time before they made their move on the general population. It is part of the process of tyranny that cannot be ignored. Don’t be too surprised if this is new to you. The government has been telling you otherwise for a long time by way of the public schools. You only learn this stuff by looking for it and studying on your own. Gaining some form of regulation on the sale of your private property will take them even closer to controlling you.
Our government officials are using a few horrible events to stir up emotional sentiment against guns, as if it were the guns that did the awful things. You may be sure that the government doesn’t care one bit about the safety of your kids in school. They know that the schools are still the safest place for those kids to be. The occasional school shooting incident does not change that. Most of what you hear them saying about “gun violence” or “school shootings” is just not true. When you hear those words, be ready to hear things that are inflammatory and largely false.
Incidents of school shootings are a lot like plane crashes in the airlines industry. When a plane crashes there are many deaths and it’s a horrible scene for everyone involved. Even so, we are not trying to eliminate the planes and flying is still the safest form of travel there ever was. The relationships that exist between school shootings, airline crashes, and relative safety are exactly the same. There is no difference at all! The horror of the event should not make us willing to lose our freedoms in hope of something that we cannot have anyway. Safety is relative. Schools are still the safest place for our kids. They are safer in school than they are anywhere else including at home. Plenty of records and statistics back that up and none say otherwise.
These horrible events at schools have almost nothing to do with the guns or with the schools. They are a big, glowing sign telling us that something is very wrong with our society. It’s not about guns or schools at all. It’s about how we raise our children to think and behave. This is a poisonous plant that took root in the ‘60s as the “do your own thing” movement caught on. Adults of that time said that was irresponsible thinking and they were right. But those irresponsible youngsters grew up and had irresponsible kids that they raised on those same nonsensical ideas. And then those kids grew up and raised their own kids on the same nonsense. Well, the latter generations of all that irresponsible thinking are now a bunch of brooding, sulking self-centered and mentally unbalanced young people who are still being told to “be yourself” and “you can do or be anything you want to.” It is still irresponsible and now we have a 4th generation being fed the same nonsense. It should come as no surprise that the same irresponsible kooks of the ‘60s are now running our government and telling us that none of us bear any responsibility for our evil acts. It’s those awful guns that make us crazy! We must get rid of them! Of course, what they mean is that you must get rid of your guns. They will keep theirs. After all someone should have guns, you know, just in case of emergencies (like having to control an angry public when it wakes up to the truth.)
In summary: There is no Gun Show Loop Hole and there never was. The only law that can change the perception of it is one that will regulate the trade of your private property. Remember, gun control is not about guns. It’s about control.
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About the Author: Rob Schilling is founder of The Schilling Show Blog and News; host of WINA's The Schilling Show, heard weekdays from noon to 2 PM; husband; father; and community watchdog.