Large licensed retailers may display hundreds of guns; they play a role analogous to that of anchor stores at shopping malls. They often display large banners, visible from throughout the show, marking their location and offerings. Some retailers hang copies of their federal firearms license and other materials, such as "Don't Lie for the Other Guy" posters, that suggest their lack of willingness to participate in illicit commerce. A prominent example of this is Texas retailer KK Sales (1). Of the small signs hanging from the banner frame, the one at the left reads, "WE ARE A FEDERALLY LICENSED DEALER. PLEASE DO NOT ASK US TO SELL FIREARMS WITHOUT PAPERWORK! THANK YOU." The sign next to it warns against making a straw purchase: "IF YOU ARE BUYING A FIREARM FOR ANYONE OTHER THAN YOURSELF, EXCEPT AS A GIFT, YOU ARE BREAKING THE LAW. THIS IS A FELONY PUNISHABLE BY 10 YEARS IN PRISON AND UP TO A $250,000 FINE. THANK YOU."
The photographs were taken in Houston, TX (1); Dallas, TX (2); and Denver, CO (3).
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The marketplace may be an open area outdoors or just inside the entrance to a building. Sellers may form a line (1, 2), making the process more efficient. In Photo 3, three men who have brought guns to sell compare their guns, while another seller walks by. The seller at the center of Photo 4 shows a shotgun to a prospective buyer; he also has a rifle to sell. A third party looks on from the left, while another transaction proceeds behind them. In Photo 5, the seller (blue t-shirt) shows two handguns to a prospective buyer. A sale is being finalized in Photo 6; the seller, at right, is accepting cash from the buyer in exchange for the revolver in the buyer’s left hand. In Photo 7, the seller (seated) has two vintage rifles for sale; in Photo 8, the seller (t-shirt, at right) shows an SKS rifle and two handguns to three prospective buyers.
The photographs were taken in Phoenix, AZ (1-3); Tampa, FL (4, 7); San Antonio, TX (5); Jacksonville, FL (6); and Akron, OH (8).
These assault weapons are being offered for private sale. The sellers are sometimes licensed retailers, and sales of their other guns will require completion of a Firearms Transaction Record and a background check.
The photographs were taken in Jacksonville, FL (1); Waukesha, WI (2); and Dallas, TX (3, 4).
The straw purchaser, the woman at the center of Photo 1, has already completed a Firearms Transaction Record. The salesperson is requesting a background check on her while the real purchaser, at right in Photo 1, remains uninvolved (2). She is buying a customized SKS rifle with a high-capacity magazine and a bayonet (3). Having passed the background check, the woman pays the salesperson (4) and completes final paperwork (5). The real purchaser then takes possession of the gun (6) and goes to purchase a case for it (7). He is unable to re-move the rifle’s ammunition magazine to check the fit of the case (8) and returns to the sales-person for assistance. The salesperson removes the magazine, with some effort (9), and gives the rifle back to the real purchaser (10). As the real purchaser turns away, another man approaches and offers to buy the gun from him (11). He declines.
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Private Party Gun Sale — Atlanta
Several attendees are walking the aisles of the show with weapons for sale. The man in the striped shirt at the opening of the clip is selling two rifles. The man in the grey shirt at the end of the clip has a shotgun and two handguns to sell. He shows one of the handguns to another attendee and declines to buy it.
AR Pistol, 100-Round Magazine — Atlanta
This AR pistol is fitted with a 100-round magazine. It uses the same ammunition that the military’s M-16 rifle uses. With the magazine removed, it can easily be concealed.
AR Rifles — Dallas
This retailer specializes in AR rifles and pistols. The AR is the civilian version of the military’s M-16.
Handguns at a Large Licensed Retailer — Dallas
Large licensed retailer like this one can have hundreds of guns for sale. Several such retailers are present at major gun shows. They “anchor” gun shows in the way that department stores anchor shopping malls.
Concealed Carry for an AR pistol — Phoenix
This young man is demonstrating how an AR pistol can be concealed. Several magazines can be concealed elsewhere on the body, and the gun can be loaded rapidly.
Private Party Gun Seller — Phoenix
An attendee with several guns to sell negotiates with potential buyers. His young children are present, and a sign above his head reads ABSOLUTELY NO GUN SALES IN THIS AREA.
.50 BMG Rifles — Phoenix
Rifles in the .50 BMG caliber are routinely available at larger gun shows. Some retailers specialize in them. The first group of guns in the clip is “retired” military weapons and is probably subject to restrictive terms of the National Firearms Act. Not all are .50 BMG caliber. The rifles on the table are new .50 BMG weapons in various configurations. The devices on the ends of the barrels are muzzle breaks, designed to reduce recoil.