Roadrunner Gun Show Organizer, Lori McMann- Background checks at Gun Shows
The Jon Justice show 104.1 Fm
Radio Show 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
WB Channel 58/8
Television Show 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Broadcasted Live: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Approximate Time: 11 minutes
Podcast Author/Asst. Producer: Lenda Yu Brewer
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Lori McMann of Roadrunner gun shows shares her thoughts on gun show bans and background checks.
Her family has been in business for almost thirty years while being lifelong members of the NRA. Their gun shows are throughout the SouthWest US, including Nevada, California, and Arizona. Lori took over for the past ten years. Her family has organized gun shows since 1983.
The gun shows are held at the Expo and the Tucson Convention Center.
Justice asks her how she’s dealing with this as the City Council is having a meeting this day.
She mentions she had a show locally in Tucson in December and no one had approached her or her vendors. The Background check between sellers at the gun shows was initially brought up by the City Councils.
Gun shows outside City Limits
The county supervisors are not interested in banning the shows. Initially, the city wanted to ban guns shows all together, but the Roadrunner show already holds many shows outside city limits at the Tucson Expo Center which is independently owned.
City will lose revenue if banned, not only from the show.
Lori and Justice point out how the city will lose revenue, not only from the gun show. The exterior revenue far outweighs the small amount of the guns show. From the sales tax, gas, restaurants, motels, and parking fees.
Unjustly limits on gun control- Government would need to set up background checks.
McMann feels the city council are trying to infringe on private citizens’ gun rights. There is really no plan on how people could do background checks. The city would need to set up a system to work into what they wanted to do; to implement the background check system for exclusively this measure.
California has a system in place. A whole division to allow vendors to do background checks. In order to do that though, the government will also need a database of the firearms.
Gun show may move outside city limits
She mentions she’s experienced TCC double booking problems. If she has to, she may just stay at the Expo Center, even thought there aren’t as many attendees. Even though the Expo Center is only six miles away. They had shows at both places. She talks about the TCC’s positive staff and has enjoyed holding these shows there.
She plans to attend the City Council meeting this day.
The next day, the City Council has passed the background check agenda.
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