Monday, December 17, 2012

Guns not permitted at National Shooting Sports Foundation convention

Whenever firearms of any sort are involved in a mass murder, the pro gun lobby is very quick to point out that we would all be safer if there were MOAR GUNZ!  never fewer guns.   How many of these people have recently commented that school teachers ought to carry firearms around their classrooms in order to make elementary schools safer.  jeesh.

So I find it ironic that at the annual gun industry convention and trade show in Las Vegas hosted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (based in Newtown Connecticut) that NO guns are permitted inside the convention hall.  Even the guns on display have to have their firing pins removed and pass inspection.  

Here is a link to the homepage for the The SHOT Show 

The Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) and Conference is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries. It is the world's premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics and related products and services. The SHOT Show attracts buyers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The SHOT Show is owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and is produced and managed by Reed Exhibitions

Well if you are planning to attend the SHOT Show to hang out with thousands of other fine Americans who know the right to keep and bear arms is more important than the right to keep and bear children, you will have to leave all your guns back in the hotel room safe.  If they fit inside.  If not, hide them in the sock drawer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are personal firearms or ammunition allowed?
NO personal firearms or ammunition allowed. Only firearms on display by exhibitors whose firing pins have been removed (and have been inspected by SHOT Show Safety Advisors) will be permitted on the show floor.
That means all those gun aficionados are going to be trapped helpless to defend themselves if one of the exhibitors or another person at the SHOT Show wigs out and goes on a rampage.   What hypocrisy.  The National Shooting Sports Foundation advocates eliminating state restrictions on carrying concealed weapons inside bars, schools, restaurants and churches because MOAR GUNZ! make you safer, but when they host their yearly party they make sure all the Yosemite Sams are unarmed.


  1. Maybe it is a state law that prevents the carrying of guns etc. just like Mich. Can't carry in public places that can accommodate more than 2500 people.

  2. Yeah I am guessing you are correct and there is some state law or local ordinance or maybe its the policy of the hall. Even so, I'm pretty sure the organization could find another location for the convention where all the visitors would be welcome to carry their concealed weapons inside.

    But everyone seems to be perfectly OK with the no guns policy for this event, so that's cool. I just find it odd the gun lobby pushes laws to make it legal to carry concealed weapons into churches, schools, bars, etc, but they aren't pushing that idea for gun show convention halls.