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Curious what people's experiences are with this. Don't really like lying to the "good guys", aka supporters of 2A, who are checking for guns at the door. But on the other hand, leaving it in the car is unappealing.

Am I the only one not packing at the gun show?
 

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Every gun show I've been to has a policy about not carrying a loaded gun at the show, they have to be tied with a plastic zip-tie. If caught with a loaded gun or magazine you get escorted out.
I belong to Washington Arms Collecters, they hold gun showsat two fair venues, if you get caught with a gun or mag that is loaded you get kicked out of the organization. This organization does background checks on the membership, if you don't pass you can not be a member. Only members can buy guns at the gun shows. This way there isn't any guns getting into the wrong hands at these shows. We can still do face to face sales here in Washington State, long guns and handguns.

You should be able to check in your handgun at the table, show them it's not loaded and carry it empty at the show. Re-load it back at the car.
Or keep it concealed, but empty while at the show. Concealed is concealed. I always carry a handgun while I'm awake, I never leave it in the car for any reason. When I go to the county court house which has several other agencies in the same building I go to the the side door are surrender my handgun the the Sheriff Deputies working the security there. When I'm done I retrieve my handgun and load it back up when I get back to the truck. If carrying a semi I'll leave the extra mags in the truck .

I've been to gun shows back there in New Yorkistan, Pa, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Oregon and here in Washington State.
 

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From what I've seen at the Rochester show, if you're carrying they want to check and clear your piece and zip tie the action open. I am always amused by the long line of carriers waiting in the "gun check" line while I simply walk straight in unarmed. My thinking is that I'm going to be pretty safe at a gun show. YMMV.
 

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ONCE (when I first started carrying) I raised my hand when they asked if anyone had their gun, had to leave my magazine at the table in a plastic bag with my name on it and have my handgun zip tied open. That was the last time.
 

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I think the much safer option is to just keep quiet and keep concealed. I would hate to read about someone who had a ND while clearing their carry piece at the check in, or having your car smashed and grabbed in the parking lot and adding another hot handgun to the pile out on the street.
 

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Ye ole carry carry carry theory..if your only other choice is leaving it in the car(which i would never in a million years do)..Id rather be escorted out then shot dead by a lunatic..
 

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Yet another reason I avoid gun shows.
 

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Many of these "policies" are related to insurance issues. The people at the door don't know if you might be from the insurance company. Concealed is concealed. Because someone asks you a question they shouldn't be asking to begin with doesn't obligate you to give them a truthful answer.
 

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Many years ago (25) or more when I set up at gun shows attendees carrying was a common thing, I do remember many idiots whipping out their side arms to try them in holsters that I had in my used items box.
There were some Accidental / Negligent discharges at some gun shows and insurance companies did indeed require show promoters to install some safe guards.
These days if I do attend a gun show my side arm is concealed and stays in it's holster, no I do not disclose or unload.
 

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I don't remember seeing anything about loaded magazines.
The two times I went to a Rochester show I politely let the security person zip tie my carry. the first time, they asked me to unload it (I hadn't done so in the car) and they watched as I slipped the still full mag and spare round from the chamber into my pocket.

If the defecation hits the rotary oscillator, it may take me a few seconds to pop the zip tie and put the mag back in, but I'm not really disarmed.
 

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Many years ago (25) or more when I set up at gun shows attendees carrying was a common thing, I do remember many idiots whipping out their side arms to try them in holsters that I had in my used items box.
There were some Accidental / Negligent discharges at some gun shows and insurance companies did indeed require show promoters to install some safe guards.
These days if I do attend a gun show my side arm is concealed and stays in it's holster, no I do not disclose or unload.
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You never can tell what will happen at the gun and knife shows, Be Prepared!
At a recent Middletown show, an elderly man had apparently swiped something from a table and was walking away, trying to lose himself in the crowd.
He was near me when he was confronted. His response was to whip out a knife in a very menacing stance. I backed up quickly as he was subdued by a large guy who also handcuffed him with cuffs being sold at a nearby table. There were guys there with guns drawn (I didn't see any zip ties on their pistols).
 

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From what I've seen at the Rochester show, if you're carrying they want to check and clear your piece and zip tie the action open. I am always amused by the long line of carriers waiting in the "gun check" line while I simply walk straight in unarmed. My thinking is that I'm going to be pretty safe at a gun show. YMMV.
I guess you must live pretty close to the show not to worry about what could happen to you while traveling there. Me, I am far from most shows, at least from any worth going to, so I always carry while en route. In recent years, I usually let them know I am armed and let them tie it, that is though only if they ask me if I am armed. If they do not ask me as I walk in, I just keep going and assume that I am not required to unload and tie my pistol; if I had been so required they should have let me know it. If you time it right, you can walk into virtually any gun show without being so notified.

As far as being safe when inside a gun show, I have seen way too many people pointing loaded guns at others (virtually everyone of them was a LEO who was allowed to carry into the show). I think the worst I have seen was the supposed Chief of Police up in White Plains (that is how he ID'd self to me and it was later confirmed by a SO). He pulled out a revolver, finger on trigger, and pointed it at a dealer several times, at the crowd too and at me, he also slowly worked the action with his thumb on the hammer while pointing it at the dealer and his wife. He actually got extremely pissed when I had the nerve (according to him it was nerve) to ask him if he knew his revolver was loaded (which I clearly could see it was) and to ask if he was aware he had repeatedly covered people with a loaded gun. He became irate, indignant and arrogant and asked me who I was to question him and asked if I knew who he was and he then told me he was the Chief of Police and he knew what he was doing. I went right back at him, told him who I was, and am pretty sure I made him feel about 2 inches tall in telling him so and in telling him off. As I was doing that, the dealer took it from him and unloaded it. I reported that fool but am sure that it went nowhere. A local sheriff's officer told me the guy was an absolute air-head and confirmed he was the chief of police for the city. That no one has been shot and killed at a gun show recently, by just such a know it all moron, is amazing. Guys like him give a bad reputation to LE everywhere.

Of course, then there are the arsehat and lunatic factors. One guy I saw could have been either or both. He took a shotgun from a rack, started looking at it as the dealer looked on, then pulled shells out of his pocket and started to load it. Thank goodness the dealer was paying attention and stepped in to put an end to that- otherwise who knows what may have happened. I am sure you have seen guys, at gun shows, muzzling the crowd with a supposed unloaded firearm. What is to stop someone from buying a mag or three, buying some ammo, loading them up in the head, then going out to a table - grabbing the right firearm and snipping off the nylon tie and going berserk. It probably won't be the guy who had been carrying a pistol but who had to unload it and have it tied up at the front door.
 

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Curious what people's experiences are with this. Don't really like lying to the "good guys", aka supporters of 2A, who are checking for guns at the door. But on the other hand, leaving it in the car is unappealing.

Am I the only one not packing at the gun show?
You could always leave the mag in the car, and carry the pistol in your holster.
 

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I guess you must live pretty close to the show not to worry about what could happen to you while traveling there. Me, I am far from most shows, at least from any worth going to, so I always carry while en route. In recent years, I usually let them know I am armed and let them tie it, that is though only if they ask me if I am armed. If they do not ask me as I walk in, I just keep going and assume that I am not required to unload and tie my pistol; if I had been so required they should have let me know it. If you time it right, you can walk into virtually any gun show without being so notified.

As far as being safe when inside a gun show, I have seen way too many people pointing loaded guns at others (virtually everyone of them was a LEO who was allowed to carry into the show). I think the worst I have seen was the supposed Chief of Police up in White Plains (that is how he ID'd self to me and it was later confirmed by a SO). He pulled out a revolver, finger on trigger, and pointed it at a dealer several times, at the crowd too and at me, he also slowly worked the action with his thumb on the hammer while pointing it at the dealer and his wife. He actually got extremely pissed when I had the nerve (according to him it was nerve) to ask him if he knew his revolver was loaded (which I clearly could see it was) and to ask if he was aware he had repeatedly covered people with a loaded gun. He became irate, indignant and arrogant and asked me who I was to question him and asked if I knew who he was and he then told me he was the Chief of Police and he knew what he was doing. I went right back at him, told him who I was, and am pretty sure I made him feel about 2 inches tall in telling him so and in telling him off. As I was doing that, the dealer took it from him and unloaded it. I reported that fool but am sure that it went nowhere. A local sheriff's officer told me the guy was an absolute air-head and confirmed he was the chief of police for the city. That no one has been shot and killed at a gun show recently, by just such a know it all moron, is amazing. Guys like him give a bad reputation to LE everywhere.

Of course, then there are the arsehat and lunatic factors. One guy I saw could have been either or both. He took a shotgun from a rack, started looking at it as the dealer looked on, then pulled shells out of his pocket and started to load it. Thank goodness the dealer was paying attention and stepped in to put an end to that- otherwise who knows what may have happened. I am sure you have seen guys, at gun shows, muzzling the crowd with a supposed unloaded firearm. What is to stop someone from buying a mag or three, buying some ammo, loading them up in the head, then going out to a table - grabbing the right firearm and snipping off the nylon tie and going berserk. It probably won't be the guy who had been carrying a pistol but who had to unload it and have it tied up at the front door.
Don't let the anti's hear this! Seriously, you just contradicted some of the standard arguments that we pro-gun folks make when there is a protest concerning a gun show: "You never hear about a mass shooting at a gun show"....."Gun shows are some of the safest places to be around firearms due to all of the responsible gun owners in attendance".....etc.
 
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