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When I talk to people who "don't like guns" or those who have little or no experience (and that's most of my neighbors and damn near every white collar person I work with) the picture and image they have of gun owners is way, way off base...... or is it? There are probably 10 or more gun shows in this area a year; I don't go to any of them. Why? Because they're full of the dirty, ignorant, smelly mouth breathers that the anti-gun crowd make us all out to be. The customers at the local gun shops don't look like that; I don't see those people at the shooting ranges... but yet the gun shows are full of guys in camo clothing looking at black guns and SWAT wannabe stuff. Christ almighty, I've been a "gun nut" all my life and I can't stand being around that crowd or associating with them in any way - but when you start talking to non gun folks, that's what they think all of us are like. That's their perception of us; no wonder they think like they do. You Tube videos of drunken idiots blasting away don't help and hell, half the advertising in gun magazines is all about looking like some black clad Swat guy kicking in doors. But,hey we're not really that way folks, really...... or are we?
 

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I go to the Cross Roads Show out here in Phoenix and don't see many people who look like gangbangers, Swat Team, Black Knights, but I will admit a few of them can start to smell a little bit after walking around sweating over guns all day long ... I try to stay up wind from those few, now some of the Ladies smell pretty dam good, not to mention look pretty nice after walking around all day long ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
 

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I think this is another example of the rural urban split. Our small town gun club puts on a gun show twice a year, and there is much more flannel there than black clothing. It is a hunting/working person crowd. I see families, young and older people, and everyone seems to be pleasant and having a good time. I have worked security at the show for a number of years, and have never had to deal with an obnoxious person. A little slice of Mayberry USA. Mark
 

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I used to Love to go to them back when you could get a deal. I do believe we should be allowed to have them for those who still enjoy them. People who dont like guns should just stay home, if and when they may need help they can call the police for it.

It all getting out of hand, its going to get loud and angry before it all is going to be settled.


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Ever go to a dirt track, horse or tractor pull, how about a pumkin chuckin ? Different strokes... we all can't be part of the elite white collars.

I once watched Housewifes of Orange County, now that's repulsive to me. I don't care much for that crowd.

Yes, some of the gun shows are similar to the flea market crowd.
 

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Well Yak, I've been to three gun shows. The first was somewhere in VA. while I was working down there. It was very nicely run and attracted a nice crowd.

The second was the Leesport Gun Show. A small show with high quality stuff. People were nicely dressed and courteous, as were the venders.

The I went to the Valley Forge gun Show in what used to be the Valley Forge Convention Center. Applying your description of gun show goers to the attendees of that show would be charitable. %^(*&%%$ ^%&*^^%^&^& !#$^&(??":+* !!!!! would be more like it. I walked through (quickly) the entire show figuring there had to be a good section somewhere. Nope. There was not a gun, or a box of ammo I saw that I would be interested in if you paid me.
 

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Perhaps you went to the Mall Ninja gun show. My LEO buddy and myself go to the local shows quite often. All I see is fellow gun owners. I've been known to wear camo(I'm a hunter and outdoorsman) to these shows as well. Didn't know there was a dress code to attend. I see a lot of whole families or dad and sons. I will admit I don't find the deals I did 15-20 yrs ago but it's still nice to see the various guns in person.
 

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I have been to quite a few gun shows and see very little if any trap guns except for a guy with some very nice Model 12 traps, but they were so high priced I just knew he liked to display them.

I did get a good buy on a Browning 32" inch B2000 Trap for $300 2 years ago
I had cash and no trades and that made the deal.


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Some of the Class 3 dealers look like Hell's Angels. However, I promise you none of them will jeopardize his hard won license by fooling around with drugs or stolen guns. They are getting rich by obeying the law and will look just like you in retirement.
 

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I attend a lot of gun shows. Looks can be deceiving at times. The majority of people that attend the shows in my area just like guns in general. I know a few people that attend these shows that may look some way like you described but they are good hard working individuals.

Some of my best friends are not college educated but are good ole boys at heart. When I go to a gun show, I am there to look and hopefully purchase a gun. Never had anyone at one of these shows bother me in any way. Every one is different, and I don't judge people that I don't really know.
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I have been to several gun shows in the past few years looking for parts, and wood, mostly for shotguns as that is what I shoot. I am always open to purchase hard ball stuff if the price is right. I stopped going because I couldn't find parts or wood that I would have. I have seen a few guns at gun shows that I would like to have, but most are way over priced. That't the way it is with me. Herb
 

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I did sell mattresses for awhile in retirement. A good salesman sells not on looks but what they may have in their pocketbook. When some disheveled looking characters walked into the store most of the other salespeople gave those ups to me. I often surprised them by selling top priced bedding while they looked on-for cash.

Momma always said, "never judge a book by it's cover"!!
 

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Yaki ,

Yes the last one I went to which was about 10 years ago . Full of what you were speaking of . There was a very desturbed person following me and my wife around .I confronted the police that was pulling duty there and got the HELL out of there . I love guns but I saw no sporting guns , hunting guns .It was all this composite stock military style and very cheap knifes. Yhis was the ShowPlace in Richmond VA.
 

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I frequent Maumee,OH gun show. Worst thing there is pay to park & $5.00 entrance fee. I see average looking people there and usually some shooters I know. A few ********,similar to the mall. I bought a near mint older style BT-99 a couple years ago. I try to buy from the sellers selling their private collections,no sales tax. Lima,OH has some decent shows. Free parking. Its something to do when you are bored.
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Can't tell a book by it's cover. Look at all the well dressed politicians in Washington, scum of the earth many of them...Bill
 

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Big Al Gun shows just cancelled there shows here in the NJ-Conn- NY areas. Guess that the knee jerk reaction will continue. Last show I went to in PA had crates of AK 47 copies and massive ants of ammo from various countries. Also people walking around with rifles on slings with signs that said for sale. I buy shells from a diet in PA thru my gun club but can't buy powder or primers. In NY I can buy rifle ammo for a 22 rifle but if I said a .22 pistol, I can't buy it as a Jersey resident. Some laws make no sense and any new ones will probably be the same . Today on the evening radio, one politician said they want to ban any weapon that can hold more than 7 rounds, as he felt it was an assault weapon. Logical discourse will not prevail. Question , I was car mechanic with a college degree- am I white collar or blue?

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Yeah, there's usually some white trash and a few 'hood rats at most public gun shows, but the vast majority of attendees are decent people. The idiots selling Skinhead/Nazi items certainly don't help our collective reputation.

If you want to separate yourself from this element and enjoy dealing with true gun enthiusiasts, treat yourself to a show by The Ohio Gun Collectors Association. OGCA is the largest gun collector's association in the world and has over 17,000 members, including enthusiasts from all 50 states. You'll need to be escorted to your first OGCA show by a member, as they are closed to the public. If you're a collector it's worth the trip from almost anywhere, especially for the annual display shows.

-Gary
 
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