Readers of the new report, “Inside Gun Shows: What Goes on When Everybody Thinks Nobody’s Looking, fall in two two main camps, says the Las Vegas Sun. One argues that author Garen Wintemute of the University of California, Davis is an activist trying to advance a gun control agenda. The other camp will be aghast by covert photos Wintemute's researchers took of everyday gun show fare: rows of semi-automatic firearms lined up for sale, dirt cheap guns, merchandise with neo-Nazi, neo-confederacy, or pro-violence messages.
Wintemute's researchers didn't confirm any illegal straw gun purchases in Las Vegas. They did see things that would give plenty of people pause – like a guy walking through a Vegas show with what appeared to be an Uzi, telling onlookers he had nine more for sale. A private seller, hawking items from his own collection, he could, if inclined, quietly sell those Uzis to anyone. Researchers watched a Vegas gun show salesman hype a pistol with rounds designed to pierce body armor, calling the firearm a “cop killer.” There's nothing illegal about that, but nothing commendable about it either, says the Sun.