NAAS President's Welcome Message
Welcome to the National Association of Arms Show (NAAS) Website! Your Board of Directors have charted an ambitious program for the coming year. Our objective is to preserve and strengthen gun shows all across America, and we will need your help to accomplish these objectives.
The Obama administration has decided to wait for “the right moment” politically to move forward with their radical gun-control agenda. Their “right moment” could come at any time another national tragedy involving guns unfolds such as the unfortunate incident in Tucson.
A recent (1/28/10) NRA-ILA alert suggested this: "To the dismay of the Brady Campaign and other gun ban groups, President Barack Obama didn't address gun control during his State of the Union address on January 25th. However, Newsweek reports that "in the next two weeks, the White House will unveil a new gun-control effort," and that the White House confirms, "Obama will address the gun issue in a separate speech, likely early next month." According to Newsweek, Obama believes that gun laws have been "too loose for much longer than just the past few weeks" following the murders in Tucson, Arizona."
Precisely what President Obama might have in mind is uncertain. His post-election transition website advocated reimposing the expired federal "assault weapon" ban, but that ban would clearly be irrelevant in the wake of a shooting that involved a firearm not covered by the old ban. The specter of the enactment of the extreme gun-control agenda of the Obama administration and the radical anti-gunners in Congress is what is driving the current unprecedented level of activity of sales of guns and ammunition and the huge crowds attending gun shows all across America.Gun shows are much more than a place for law-abiding citizens to buy, sell and trade their guns. They are the “town meeting” of those of us who believe in the Constitution. They are a platform where those opposed to the radical gun-control schemes of the Obama administration meet to exchange ideas and discuss politics. These are the reasons that our enemies want to regulate and eventually eliminate gun shows in America-they want to eliminate the place where their opponents meet and exchange ideas. Gun shows are as much about the First Amendment…the right to assemble and the right of free speech…as they are about exercising our Second Amendment rights.
It will be a challenging two years until the 2012 elections. Your NAAS Board of Directors is committed to preserving and strengthening your right to continue to hold gun shows. We will be working with members of Congress and with the NRA to defeat any gun control legislation which purports to close the “gun show loophole” and may actually eliminate gun shows as we know them.
We have a new liability insurance program which is much less expensive than our present policy and provides each of us, as gun show producers, better protection and more comprehensive coverage for our shows for substantially less money.
We will be working hard to achieve our goals which include preserving and strengthening gun shows, and ensuring the right for each show promoter in America to continue to operate their shows without further regulation or interference from an anti-gun Administration or Congress.
Robert Templeton, NAAS President