There has been a tremendous amount of publicity both locally and nationally recently regarding the so-called gun show “loophole” and various legislative attempts at “closing” it. Neither VPI Gun & Knife Show’s nor the facilities he operates in takes the operation of their businesses lightly, and there can be no reasonable dispute that they have always operated in full compliance with all federal, state, and local laws.
Moreover, VPI’s Gun Shows regularly reviews and enhances its business practices, meets with various local and federal law enforcement agencies including the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, and otherwise demonstrates the same professionalism and pride in the Second Amendment that it always has during its 16 years in business in general and at Hara specifically. Nevertheless, VPI’s Gun Shows would like to take this opportunity to point out certain facts regarding the so-called gun show “loophole” that are often overlooked.
What is commonly referred to as the gun show “loophole” is nothing but a derogatory reference to conduct that is specifically permitted under both state and federal law. Sales of firearms at gun shows are no different, in that, state and federal law both permit certain conduct and prohibit certain conduct. Thus, this “loophole” is merely conduct that is specifically permitted under all applicable law, and in order to assist their cause of changing the law, certain groups have invented a nefarious-sounding label for legal conduct. VPI does not take issue with any citizen’s rights to free speech and to petition the government to change the law.
As set forth on the attached ATF “Gun Show Guidelines”, any seller holding a federal firearms license is required to follow the exact same set of laws and regulations when doing business at a gun show that they must follow when doing business at their store — including FBI background checks on ALL firearms transactions.
A private party who does not hold a federal firearms license, however, is not required by state or federal law to conduct a FBI background check when selling a firearm to another private party (Nor is it even possible for non-licensee, private parties to conduct FBI background checks, because such are only available to those holding a federal firearms license) Accordingly, non-licensed, private parties may sell firearms at gun shows in accordance with state and federal law, as long as such sales otherwise fully comply with all provisions of federal and other applicable law (i.e., they cannot transfer guns to people they know or have reason to believe are prohibited from possessing the guns such as felons, illegal aliens, mental defectives, etc.). This is the Federal law throughout United States, and it applies to all private sales regardless whether they occur at gun shows, a private residence, or anywhere elsewhere.
Accordingly, to the extent that anyone engages in conduct as a buyer or a seller of a firearm, whether at a gun show or anywhere else, that is in any way in violation of any applicable law, they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
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