Belton Gun & Knife Show - not posted 30.06/30.07

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Belton Gun & Knife Show - not posted 30.06/30.07

Postby n5wmk » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:52 am

Saturday, Oct 7, I went to the Belton Ham Radio gathering at the Expo! center in Belton. I didn't find anything that I needed to trade my $$ for. Concurrently, there was a Gun and Knife show next door in the Expo!, put on by the Lone Star Gun Show folks, so I decided to browse through there.

I was carry concealed like I do every day, and was prepared to forego entering if they were posted 30.06. (I didn't need to go in there badly enough to give up my right to carry). I looked closely at every entry point, and observed no 30.06/30.07 signs.
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They did have large generic signs with red lettering, stating that no loaded firearms were allowed inside (not valid to LTC holders), further stating that paying the admission fee would grant me a "revocable license" to enter into the gun show area. My guess is if I were discovered to be carrying, they could/would eject me from the event with no refund. All firearms were required to be shown to a law enforcement officer at a separate table for inspection and securing with plastic cable ties. Again, not valid to LTC.

I paid my $7 entry fee and enjoyed an hour or so browsing, comfortable with my concealed IWB handgun on my person. Again, I didn't see anything that I considered a good deal, so I left with all my money except the $7 entry fee. I did visit with a gentleman who made some really nice handcrafted leather holsters (I'm looking for a nice "BBQ holster" for my 1911). He was open carrying a commander-sized 1911, and it had no magazine, and had the plastic cable ties the LEO put on it. :banghead:

Oh, yeah - they did have a separate ammunition "corral" area, where you could purchase bulk ammo, but you had to leave the building by a separate entrance, and could not go back into the area where the guns and knives were if you had ammo with you.

All in all, a pleasant experience, and I was happy not to have to worry about improper 30.06/07 signage on city-owned property.
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Re: Belton Gun & Knife Show - not posted 30.06/30.07

Postby Tex1961 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:24 am

thanks for the info. I had planned on going to the Dallas Convention Gun show at the end of November as was wondering the same thing as you..
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Re: Belton Gun & Knife Show - not posted 30.06/30.07

Postby n5wmk » Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:59 pm

Well, I wouldn't hold out too much hope for Dallas, there's a big difference between Belton and Dallas....
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Re: Belton Gun & Knife Show - not posted 30.06/30.07

Postby flechero » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:04 pm

n5wmk wrote:there's a big difference between Belton and Dallas....


Not usually- I missed this weekend's show but the rest of them have had big 06/07 signs at the door. I hope it was a decent show, the last few at Belton have been terribly weak.


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Re: Belton Gun & Knife Show - not posted 30.06/30.07

Postby TreyHouston » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:51 pm

Doesn't a licensed ham radio operator make you a voluntary Emergency personnel? Hould have been a GREAT time to mention HB435!
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Re: Belton Gun & Knife Show - not posted 30.06/30.07

Postby treadlightly » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:49 am

Country gun shows, although Belton isn't that "country," are nicer that way, I think. I've been to smaller gun shows and asked at the gate if concealed carry was prohibited. I got smiles and a nice welcome to the event.

Of course, one does not play show and tell with a defense weapon. It stays in the holster, barring the unthinkable.


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Re: Belton Gun & Knife Show - not posted 30.06/30.07

Postby Soccerdad1995 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:52 pm

n5wmk wrote:Saturday, Oct 7, I went to the Belton Ham Radio gathering at the Expo! center in Belton. I didn't find anything that I needed to trade my $$ for. Concurrently, there was a Gun and Knife show next door in the Expo!, put on by the Lone Star Gun Show folks, so I decided to browse through there.

I was carry concealed like I do every day, and was prepared to forego entering if they were posted 30.06. (I didn't need to go in there badly enough to give up my right to carry). I looked closely at every entry point, and observed no 30.06/30.07 signs.
:anamatedbanana

They did have large generic signs with red lettering, stating that no loaded firearms were allowed inside (not valid to LTC holders), further stating that paying the admission fee would grant me a "revocable license" to enter into the gun show area. My guess is if I were discovered to be carrying, they could/would eject me from the event with no refund. All firearms were required to be shown to a law enforcement officer at a separate table for inspection and securing with plastic cable ties. Again, not valid to LTC.

I paid my $7 entry fee and enjoyed an hour or so browsing, comfortable with my concealed IWB handgun on my person. Again, I didn't see anything that I considered a good deal, so I left with all my money except the $7 entry fee. I did visit with a gentleman who made some really nice handcrafted leather holsters (I'm looking for a nice "BBQ holster" for my 1911). He was open carrying a commander-sized 1911, and it had no magazine, and had the plastic cable ties the LEO put on it. :banghead:

Oh, yeah - they did have a separate ammunition "corral" area, where you could purchase bulk ammo, but you had to leave the building by a separate entrance, and could not go back into the area where the guns and knives were if you had ammo with you.

All in all, a pleasant experience, and I was happy not to have to worry about improper 30.06/07 signage on city-owned property.


If it was government owned property, then a 30.06 sign would also have not been applicable to LTC holders (or anyone else), so really the exact same as the signs they did have posted. IANAL, but I wonder if they could really kick you out for any reason and keep your $7. After all, if they can kick you out because you are legally carrying a handgun, they also could kick you out for legally wearing pants, or shoes. Seems like something that wouldn't hold up. Then again, it's $7, so I'm guessing very, very few people would try to fight for a refund.
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