Frequently Asked Questions About the Gun Shows
Disclaimer: The responses to these questions are not intended as any form of legal advice. The responses are generalized answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive.
Q: Can I bring a gun to the show to sell or trade?
A: Yes, and many folks do. Please be sure the gun is unloaded before you enter the building and take it to our gun check table at the show entry for verification. They will clear it and secure it with a nylon tie to disable the action. No loaded firearms and no loaded magazines are permitted at our Gun Shows. Your personal safety is our number one priority while you are at the show.
Q: Can I carry a loaded gun in the Gun Show? I have a Concealed Carry Permit.
A: As a requirement of the Insurance Liability policy we are required to maintain for each show and particular venue, we respectfully ask that you not carry a loaded firearm into the Gun Show. We appreciate your cooperation and support of this policy.
Q: Can I buy a gun at the gun show if I am a resident of another state?
A: In general, you must provide proof of residency in the state where you are purchasing a gun, whether at a gun store or at a Gun Show. However, you may place an order with a licensed dealer at a Gun Show and arrange to have the firearm shipped to a dealer in your state of residence after completing the required Federal forms and meeting state requirements (If there are any in addition to the Federal law).
Q: How much does it cost to get in the Gun Show?
A: The admission cost is $9. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a supervising adult.
Q: What time does the Gun Show open to the public?
A: Public hours for the shows are from 9AM to 5PM on Saturday and from 9AM to 2PM on Sunday.
Q: Can I get a gun appraised at the Gun Show?
A: Yes, there are many collectors and collector-dealers at all Gun Shows. Since no one is designated as the official appraiser for the show, you are encouraged to talk to several dealers and collectors to determine the value of any firearm you are planning to sell.
Q: I have a collection of guns that I have built up over the past twenty years or so. I would like to sell some of them now. Can I get a table to sell them if I don’t have a license?
A: Yes, you may buy, sell, or trade at any Gun Show if you are a private collector and set up at a show on an occasional basis. You must have a Federal Firearms License if you are “engaged in the business” of dealing in firearms on a regular basis. You should check with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms for clarification if you sell more than occasionally at any Gun Show.