Photos: Daily RFT Survives Our Journey to St. Charles Gun Show
|Photo: Matt Blickenstaff|
|Alan Fasoldt (center) and father-son team Dominic Sr. (Left) and Dominic Jr. (Right) smile behind their collection of M1 Garands, ammo and war memorabilia.|
Guests grabbed guns from the racks, cycled actions and tested triggers. The show was a big swap meet where guns, parts and random paraphernalia could be bought, sold or traded. For six bucks, gun aficinados could wander aisle after aisle, looking for that perfect firearm or accessory to round out their collections.
The show featured vintage weapons (including a few flintlocks), newer models, knives, swords, stun guns, ammunition, memorabilia, parts, books -- and even one booth selling scented candles.
No show would be complete without a few forums for politicking. The Second Amendment advocacy group, Gateway Civil Liberties Alliance, took donations in exchange for bumper stickers and raffle tickets. The National Rifle Association set up a booth to take in new members. The Sons of Confederate Veterans were also there, spreading the message of Confederate pride.
And yes, what you heard from the Brady campaign is true. Individual sellers, who do not possess a federal firearms license, are not required to run background checks or maintain sales records. But, who says that's a bad thing?
In practical terms, without laws regulating the sale of firearms from one private citizen to another, closing the gun show loophole would do little to satisfy the nervous Nellie's.
Lots more photos on the next page...