Several people have argued recently to put an end to the Glendale Gun Show because of the relative ease of purchasing firearms there. However, I contend that this argument is simply not true.

California law states that anyone buying a firearm from a dealer (gun store) or private party must pass a background check and go through a mandatory 10-day wait period. The only exemption to this is for rifles and shotguns that are older than 50 years. These relics can be purchased from a private party without a background check or wait period. One can review these laws at the California Department of Justice website (oag.ca.gov/firearms/faqs).

The Glendale Gun Show organizers have a rule that all firearms being sold must go through a background check and wait period, regardless of their type or age. The gun show always hosts a federally licensed firearms dealer to perform these tasks for every purchase. Therefore, in no way is buying a firearm at the gun show any easier than through a private party or gun store. Hence, I do not think that ending the gun show will mitigate gun violence in the city.

In my opinion, before one passes judgment they should make a legitimate effort to attend the gun show. I believe the perceptions of many will change after doing this. While I understand why many people do not own guns, I graciously ask of those people to respect those who do, so long as it is done in a safe and responsible manner.

The Glendale Gun Show is just one of the few remaining places for such responsible firearm enthusiasts to gather and enjoy their hobby.

David Beerer
Glendale