Some say gun shows are putting guns into the wrong hands

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Updated: 1/05/2013 1:57 am
The Lubbock gun and Blade show is going on in Lubbock this weekend at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. With the return of the gun show, also return the skeptics. 

Show organizer Kim Sansom says the Civic Center is a great place for such an event. Despite what others say, "Buildings like this civic centers, convention centers were built in the city to generate revenue and bring people in from out of town. That's exactly what we do anywhere that there's a gun show."

The gun show may bring in good revenue to the city, but State Representative Lon Burnam says a loophole in the law could put guns in the wrong hands, "We should not make it so easy for these people to go to a gun show on publicly owned property and purchase anything that they don't have any business owning."

He's referring to a loophole in the law that allows unlicensed dealers to sell guns at gun shows without doing a background check.  A background check is required for licensed dealers.

Mayor Glen Robertson says "it's not a loophole, it's the way the federal law is written and I see no issue at all with the city leasing our facility to gun shows."

Burnam adds "they could at a local municipal level require better enforcement of how sales are conducted.  But they don't bother.  They are more interested in the high profit income generated from these shows being conducted on their municipal property than they are in public safety."

Sansom says criminals have other ways of getting weapons if they want them, "criminals are always going to have guns.  No matter how many laws are implemented."

Burnam goes on to say the loophole is caused by state and federal law, but thinks local municipalities have the responsibility of imposing stricter regulations when it comes to private sellers.

Robertson argues when the law was made, private sellers were excluded intentionally to ensure basic rights, "the gun shows that we have in Lubbock and throughout the state of Texas are 100% legal. The majority of sellers, I know for a fact the one here in Lubbock because I attend this gun show fairly regularly, are licensed gun dealers."

Sansom reminds show-goers in order to purchase a gun they must be a Texas resident with a valid ID and of age.
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FireMall - 1/5/2013 10:40 AM
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Ok So Mr. Lon Burnam the So called State Rep has decided the 2nd amendment doesn't apply to his Oath of Office to protect the public's rights to keep & bare arms under the Constitution of the United "Republic" States of America ? Mr. Burnam is not only a So called Leader of the free world but has also become an expert on gun crimes & along with being Expertly proficient in Judging gun owners & buyer's mental status from afar via ESP signals from Obama & his Globalist masters in the U.N. The ONLY people who should Forfiet their 2nd amendment rights are the Anti Constitution Hypocrites who rant about the evils of gun ownership while their tax paid Security guards hover around them. Calipunkia's CHL permitted Fienstien as well as NY's Governor & NYC's Blooming idiot mayor should be the First to be Disarmed and vulnerable to their own Socialist comrades. BTW; The so called Gun show Loopholes are occupied by many BATF / aka, DHS agents in plain clothes and have been watching every seller & buyer @ gun shows for years. So If a crazy buys a firearm, I'd say it would be the Agents problem with mentally ill people being armed for sitting in the corner watching the sale . Ref to: Fast & Furious. After all, It Always takes a crazy one to know a crazy one. Ref to : Elected State & Federal Representatives of Socialist leanings. It's more than obvious that Only the anti gun people with half the common sense perceptions & foresight of a drunken pizzant could be oblivious to the Obvious fact that Gun Control has little to do with gun crimes and everything to do with Disarming & Controlling the masses for the sole protection & security of those who want the 2nd amendment nullified & abolished for all but themselves & Anti American Gun crowd.

FireMall - 1/5/2013 10:37 AM
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Ok So Mr. Lon Burnam the So called State Rep has decided the 2nd amendment doesn't apply to his Oath of Office to protect the public's rights to keep & bare arms under the Constitution of the United "Republic" States of America ? Mr. Burnam is not only a So called Leader of the free world but has also become an expert on gun crimes & along with being Expertly proficient in Judging gun owners & buyer's mental status from afar via ESP signals from Obama & his Globalist masters in the U.N. The ONLY people who should Forfiet their 2nd amendment rights are the Anti Constitution Hypocrites who rant about the evils of gun ownership while their tax paid Security guards hover around them. Calipunkia's CHL permitted Fienstien as well as NY's Governor & NYC's Blooming idiot mayor should be the First to be Disarmed and vulnerable to their own Socialist comrades. BTW; The so called Gun show Loopholes are occupied by many BATF / aka, DHS agents in plain clothes and have been watching every seller & buyer @ gun shows for years. So If a crazy buys a firearm, I'd say it would be the Agents problem with mentally ill people being armed for sitting in the corner watching the sale . Ref to: Fast & Furious. After all, It Always takes a crazy one to know a crazy one. Ref to : Elected State & Federal Representatives of Socialist leanings. It's more than obvious that Only the anti gun people with half the common sense perceptions & foresight of a drunken pizzant could be oblivious to the Obvious fact that Gun Control has little to do with gun crimes and everything to do with Disarming & Controlling the masses for the sole protection & security of those who want the 2nd amendment nullified & abolished for all but themselves & Anti American Gun crowd.

1stSSPZ - 1/5/2013 6:01 AM
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I wonder if any of the people rushing in to spend $2500 on an $800 semi-auto rifle will be prepared to use them as our founding fathers intended when the .gov demands that they turn them in? I hope so, if not the country is truely lost..

Liberty Seeker - 1/5/2013 1:35 AM
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People don't usually go to gun shows to buy cheap weapons. A friend, that recently passed away, sold old (in many cases, very old) guns. One of my favorites was a Flintlock dueling pistol. It cost considerably more than anyone could obtain using it for robberies. I have an inquiry for the gun haters: Has there ever been any record of people being murdered by a gun purchased at a Gun Show?
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