SALES OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION BY LICENSEES AT GUN SHOWS
All Federal Firearms Licensees and Others Concerned:
This is to notify you that as a result of a formal process which
began on April 22, 1980, the regulations have been changed (effective
November 29, 1984), to allow licensees to engage in business at gun
shows held within the same State as the licensed premises.
The major substantive change is found in a new subsection,
27 CFR 178.100, which is given in full text:
Section 178.100 Conduct of business away from licensed premises.
(a) A licensee may conduct business temporarily at a gun show if
the gun show is located in the same State specified on the license.
The premises of the gun show at which the licensee conducts business
shall be considered part of his licensed premises. Accordingly, no
separate fee or license is required for the gun show locations.
However, licensees shall comply with the provisions of Section 178.91
relating to posting of licenses (or a copy thereof) while conducting
business at the gun show.
(b) A gun show is an event sponsored by any national, State, or
local organization, or affiliate of such organization, devoted to the
collection, competitive use, or other sporting use of firearms, or an
organization or association that sponsors events devoted to the
collection, competitive use, or other sporting use of firearms in the
(c) Licensees conducting business at gun shows shall maintain
firearms and ammunition records in the form and manner prescribed by
Subpart H of this part. In addition, records of receipt and
disposition of firearms transactions conducted at gun shows shall
include the location of the sale or other disposition and be entered
in the required records of the licensee and retained on the premises
specified on the license.
Any inquiry concerning this circular should refer to it by number and
be addressed to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms,
Compliance Operations, P.O. Box 189, Washington, DC 20226