I went to my first gun show of the year this weekend. I took Res Jr. He says he likes gun shows better than he actually likes gun shows. He is good for about 30 min now, which is an improvement over past years.
At the door the show organizers had several signs up requiring all guns brought into the show be declared and unloaded. They made it a point that this INCLUDED people with a concealed carry permit. The signs also gave an explanation that it was because of their insurance company's policy. This is fair as far as it goes. They don't want people wandering in with loaded unsecured firearms and other people handling them, it creates a risk. Two problems. 1. WYO is a constitutional carry state. 2. WYO law only restricts 11 places that you can't carry a concealed loaded gun. The county owned facility where the show was held, isn't on the list. Several people were flaunting the "rules".
There were plenty of firearms on sale. Ammunition was readily available, although more expensive than I remember. Components were available. One vendor had approximately 8 tables worth of brass, primers, bullets and powder. Since when are 8lbs kegs of powder going for $225?
One thing I noticed that seemed out of place for our local show, was a large number of premium firearms on display. There were lots of tables of high end Kimber, Sig, and Colt stuff. Also spotted were several Barrett rifles in the $6,000 to $12,000 range. Class III and silencers were readily available and in stock.
One "feature" that some gun show events companies have decided to add as a "bonus" is a arts and crafts section. I don't mean stuff that at least in WYO is somewhat theme related, like Indian jewelry. They bring in candle makers and quilters. Its all chick crap. Which is OK to a point, provided they keep it separate like they do most of the time. However this show they just had to put a couple of tables in with the gun stuff. This creates an unmanageable problem when a gaggle of hens take over the entire aisle and refuse to let anyone pass through or look at any of the neighboring tables, because "you just have to see this one Sally".
Women at gun shows should only be there as, buyers, companions for their man, or preferably doing scantly clad product demonstrations. Smelling soy candles, gawking at ear rings and fawning over foo-foo crap has its place. We call that place a mall. I don't go to your mall and clean my guns, don't come to my gun show and pick out silverware patterns. Yes Really!