I’ve never been to a gun show, so I can only assume that when the writer of that article said that all guns were safety-checked and zip-tied, he was referring to firearms that were being brought in for sale? I’d do an immediate about-face at the door if someone asked to check and zip-tie my carry weapon.
Is that true of all gun shows? No loaded personal concealed or open carry guns? There are gun shows a few miles down the road from me, and I keep telling myself to go to one just to see what’s to be seen, but I won’t if I can’t carry my own weapon for self-defense. What am I missing?
Out our way (AZ) you would want to be VERY concealed to carry a weapon “live” at a show, as they are patrolled by uniformed and plaincloths PD.
I’ve seen exactly two NDs at gun shows (out of maybe 20-30 I’ve been to) – one was a dropped baggie of .223 reloads (pretty bizarre), and the other was VERY similar to this – a REALLY STUPID seller who used his access (dealers are given ties and are expected to secure their own guns) to bring in a loaded 1911, which was then discharged (slightly wounding a woman).
At every show I’ve been to, the requirement is NO LOADED GUNS, period.