Richmond Gun Show issue update
Here's an update on the Richmond gun show affair. The agencies involved appear to be claiming they were checking out purchasers to make sure the ID was real and they were in-state residents. However, the reported questions went considerably beyond "Does someone by this name live here?"
It'd be interesting to see the results, since I suspect every ID that was checked checked out OK.
UPDATE: The owner of the gunshow has posted pictures of the event!
Here's a CNS reporter G. Gordon Liddy Show (streaming and big audio mpg file). He describes multiple squad cars with lights in parking lot, about 50 more LE vehicles near show, one exhibitor counted 72 officers, 30+ ATFE agents inside, walking the floor and watching with binocs from above. VA gunshows have a room set aside for state police to run the background checks. They'd take each 4473 and send local officers to the address indicated, asking anyone there not only if the person lived there, but did you know he's at a gun show, how often does he go, how many guns does he buy, etc. Owner of gunshow upset because attendance was quite low, she figures people saw all the squadcars outside and figured this wasn't going to be much fun.
Then G. Gordon interviews James Lalime, who brought a gun to the show to sell (he wasn't an exhibitor). He says an ATFE agent took him aside, accused him of buying and selling as a business (if you "engage in the business" of "dealing" without a license, it's a felony).