Gun shows may be banned soon in a central Texas town (yes, Texas, of all places), and for good reason. These laid back impromptu marketplaces tend to allow criminals the ability to purchase weapons without background checks. More guns in the hands of criminals means more crimes committed with guns. And when more crimes are committed with guns it just adds to the animosity between those who support and oppose gun ownership.
The National Gun Victims Action Council reports around 30% of criminally trafficked firearms are ultimately traced to gun shows. While 30% isn't the majority of these criminally-involved weapons, that would still be a huge number to wipe out if this informal market was eliminated and banned on a national level, not just in some random part of Texas.
Certainly the gun nuts would be opposed to laws like these, that ban unstable marketplaces such as "shows" and "circuits," but this would in no way infringe on anyone's Second Amendment rights. Guns should be purchased from credible dealers who require customers to pass criminal background checks and the sort before selling them.
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Chelsea Hoffman is a candidly opinionated crime analyst with a lifelong interest in criminology and activism. She also owns 'Girl Nerdology' and is the author of several fiction stories. Follow her on Twitter @TheRealChelseaH or email her privately through Chelsea Hoffman: Case to Case.