I went to the Southern Longrifle Show today.
Since some members here have complained that they can't carry loaded at shows, I thought I;d give the other side.
This is a small annual show, about 45 tables. Since the promoters are friends and fellow builders, I know a little about what it took to put these on.
Insurance is the number one problem. Very few companies wanted to insure it at all and the ones that did had extremely strict requirements.
Even though this is a black powder event, most of us shoot and carry modern guns also. No one liked the rules that would have to be implemented to meet insurance guidelines so they incorporated and had faith in the people there behaving.
There are no Police at the door and I expect if a police officer came by, he'd either buy a ticket or take a hike.
There are no wire ties.
What there are, are a building full of people who unload their guns voluntarily and are on the honor system.
There's never been a problem at one of these shows and if someone did come in with a loaded weapon, the people attending the show would remove them.
It is all insurance and if we as gun owners won't cooperate with the promoters, there won't be any more shows.
After the show, I loaded up, went to Jamestown, then to the Jamestown Dig which is on National Park Property, with no issues at all.