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Gun Show Rules and Gun Laws

Guide Extra: 6/20/99

Selling guns at gun shows has gotten a lot of press lately. Is it really easy to buy and sell guns at a gun shows? Judge for yourself. Read these typical rules for gun sales at gun shows and some of the current laws regarding sales of firearms and ammunition.

(Unlawful Acts involving the use, sale, and possession of firearms are listed under Title 18, Section 922 of the US Code.)

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Gun and Knife Show Rules

1.All guns must be unloaded, tied and the magazines removed.
THIS INCLUDES FIREARMS OF CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT HOLDERS.
2.All ammo must be in sealed containers.
3.No loaded magazines allowed in the show.
4.No cameras allowed in the show.
5.Carts, dollys and baby strollers used to carry trade items cannot be brought into the show except by dealers.
6.Police officers who are in uniform or who are displaying badges have free admission.
7.All Federal, State and Local laws must be obeyed.


Department of the Treasury Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

Important Notice to Dealers and
Other Participants at this Gun Show

This NOTICE applies to activities permitted at bona fide gun shows, as defined in Title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 178.100.

A flea market is not a gun show!

DEALERS LICENSED IN THIS STATE:

MUST comply with all record keeping requirements of ATF regulations concerning acquisition and disposition of
firearms, especially recording the place of sale.
MAY dispose of handguns to residents of this state only.
MAY dispose of longguns to residents of any state, provided the laws of both states are complied with.
MAY dispose of firearms to any Federal firearm licensee(FFL).
MAY acquire firearms from any FFL licensed in this state, or from any non-licensed individual.
CANNOT dispose of handguns to out of state residents.

DEALERS NOT LICENSED IN THIS STATE:

MUST comply with all ATF record keeping requirements concerning acquisitions of firearms.
MAY acquire firearms from any FFL licensed in this state and from any non-licensed individual.
CANNOT make sales of firearms with delivery, to anyone, even to or through an FFL licensed in this state.

Can display and take orders only.

NON-LICENSED RESIDENTS OF THIS STATE:

MAY acquire long guns and handguns from FFLs licensed in this state.
MAY dispose of firearms to any FFL.
MAY acquire from and dispose of personal firearms to non-licensed residents of this state.
CANNOT acquire from or dispose of firearms to non-licensed resident of any other state.

NON-LICENSED RESIDENTS FROM ANOTHER STATE:

MAY dispose of firearms to any FFL.
MAY acquire longguns only from FFLs licensed in this state, provided the laws of both states are complied with.
CANNOT acquire handguns.
CANNOT dispose of firearms to non-licensed individuals.


A "Gun Show" as defined by Title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 178.100. is...

"(b) A gun show or an event is a function sponsored by any national, State, or local organization, devoted to the collection, competitive use, or other sporting use of firearms, or an organization or association that sponsors functions devoted to the collection, competitive use, or other sporting use of firearms in the community."

Current Firearm Laws
FFL:
An "FFL" is a Federal Firearms License. A valid FFL must be held by anyone selling, manufacturing, or importing guns, ammunition, and certain gun parts. The laws and fees for getting and holding an FFL are found in Title 18, Section 923 of the US Code. Firearm-related laws are listed in Title 18, Chapter 44, US Code and enforced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

Note: The gun show rules above are those of the Dallas Arms Collectors Association, Inc. Remember that at any gun show, state and local firearms laws will also apply.

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