Magazine August 29, 2016, Issue

Behold a Gun Show

A hobbyist’s paradise, not a hotbed of lawlessness

Jacksonville, Fla. — An ersatz Moroccan temple might at first glance seem a peculiar stage on which to set an all-American gun show. And yet, upon closer inspection, it proves rather apt. No tale of Arabia is complete without the appearance of a bazaar or a souk, and, give or take, that is precisely what this was. Here, at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium, the hobbyists and the collectors have convened to parade their wares. “Welcome to the gun show,” reads the sign. You ain’t in Manhattan anymore.

In the progressive imagination, American gun shows are uniquely perfidious affairs — nothing more

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