Riding along with two friends, I experienced my first gun show today in Oshkosh, WI. Ever since learning about the carry culture and going to a range for the first time, I wanted to see what a gun show was like.
If you’ve never been to a gun show, it’s much like any other trade show out there, but for guns and other weapons. You’ll also find a variety of accessories and ammunition. One of the booths that we stopped for was a business that sold what looked like a waist band with an integrated holster. I was impressed by the design because it looks like something I could wear over a pair of sweatpants. I tend to favor carrying a firearm concealed, so this appealed to me.
Because firearm ownership tends to revolve around the politically conservative crowd, there were also bumper stickers reflecting a pro-gun attitude, patriotism, as well as some mocking President Obama’s gun policies and his presidency overall.
My overall observations:
- Everyone in the place was orderly. Nobody bothered anyone and all business vendors that we spoke to or carried short conversation with were cordial.
- Anyone that carried a weapon did so respectfully, safely, and maturely.
- As I walked around many tables, I noticed transactions taking place. There wasn’t one transaction I saw that didn’t involve a background check. Some vendors used iPads to conduct them, others used laptops.
And the most important observation of them all:
Not a single weapon in the entire expo center grew legs in an attempt to harm anyone.
Normally, I would be apprehensive about buying something from a gun show because most vendors are cash-only, but there’s a good chance that I don’t need to worry about someone trying to mug me or hassle me over displaying large amounts of cash.