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Gun shows and taking a picture?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by intercooler, Mar 3, 2012.

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  1. intercooler

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    Went to my second show today and must have missed the rule sign for no pictures on the way in. I took a picture while inside of the amazing crowd with my cell... got blasted for it. Well on the outside of the building more than 20 feet away I took another of the crowd still piling in. Had a guy ask me what I was doing? Said I am taking a picture to which he said no pictures as the sign says. I replied with we are not inside or close. He said their are guns in there?

    Someone give me the cliff notes on the cell phone thing? Could people think it were a gun or something and that's why they don't want them around? Seems tough since they were having this one at an Outlet Center where people are walking store to store.
     
  2. FROGO207

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    WELL?? I have attended 75+ gunshows up here in Maine over the years and have never seen a sign prohibiting taking pictures within. Might be slightly nearsighted or have tunnel vision or whatever so there might be signs I missed. However I am not prone to taking pictures anyways unless I am disassembling a firearm and want to get it back together in one piece without asking dumb questions.:cool:
     
  3. jrwalte

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    I don't recall ever seeing no photography signs in Georgia for Eastman or RK Gun and Knife. Maybe it's just a policy of the second show you visited.
     
  4. intercooler

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    Maybe. I'm just curious as to why though.
     
  5. ApacheCoTodd

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    I distinctly dislike folk taking pictures of my tables, especially without asking. I have been witness to photos being taken, misinterpreted and used out of context in legal proceedings and by the press.

    As far as taking photos of the crowd - at a gun show - do you really need the cliff notes on why that might tick some folk off?
     
  6. Ultravox

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    If you are outside standing on public property they can't stop you from taking pictures. The can make whatever rules they want about it inside.

    This is a useful site about photography rights: http://www.krages.com/phoright.htm
     
  7. DoubleTapDrew

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    I've never noticed a sign like that at the shows I've gone to. Maybe it's a policy of the organization putting on the show.
    The only reason I can think of for such a policy is worries over scammers taking pictures then listing the guns on gunbroker as their own.
     
  8. intercooler

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    Blank...
     
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  9. ApacheCoTodd

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    See there, now you've posted his photo on the internet already. Again, do you really need to be told why he didn't like you taking the picture? Regardless of whether it is posted or not and whether a posting is justified or not a fella should certainly know better.
     
  10. intercooler

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    Not much can be seen really. Kind of funky to me. Guys walking around with rifles, shotguns and pistols near all that would draw my attention more.
     
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    The shows I have attended all had signs up prohibiting photography. I hadn't been planning to take pictures anyway.
     
  12. EddieNFL

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    If not prohibited by the show, how do you handle the situation?
     
  13. AFDavis11

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    Think we had a problem a few years back at the National Gun Show in VA. Police, undercover, were taking photos and then running criminal background checks on license plates. Basically building some kind of database. I forget all the details. I think the problem stemmed from that. I could be wrong though.
     
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    When I was running gun shows I allowed pictures only when escorted and permission was given by the people who were being photographed, or who owned the items being photographed.
     
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    National Gun Day shows strictly prohibit photography. Personally, don't take my picture or pictures of my belongings unless you ask...just good manners in my book.
     
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    Many of the gunshows in my area have signs prohibiting photos posted conspicuously in several locations. I also think it is rude to photograph people without asking their consent.
     
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    Outside the event would have gotten a prompt, "What are you going to do about it?" and then take a picture of him.

    Well, that would be my response depending on the tone of the question.
     
  18. intercooler

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    True. Maybe the inside one wasn't the greatest thing but it shows basically nothing. I really wish I could have take a few firearm pictures of ones people I know are looking for but couldn't. Oh well.
     
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    The no photo issue came about when antis started taking pics and putting them up on the net trying make an issue of gun shows. People do not like their privacy intruded upon by having random yahoos taking pics.
     
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    It wasn't to many years ago when every tom dick and harry didn't have a high resolution camera capable of stills, video, and sound that was the size of a pack of smokes. I hate the idea of cameras everywhere and peoples need to take pictures of everything.
    I have one myself and at times I have to remind myself to respect peoples privacy.
     
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    Most often it's foreigners wanting photos out of an enthusiastic appreciation and to be honest, I don't remember once denying the photos when asked ahead of time but have many times asked politely to have someone put the camera down after it's been hoisted without asking.

    Mostly, I don't want to be in the photos myself and have yet to have a problem with anyone when I ask them not too.
     
  22. Tim37

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    if you though they had a problem with you taking pics just try it at your local strip club.



    seriously i havent ever seen a sign but then agian i havent ever had the urge to take a pic at a gun show.
     
  23. 50 cal

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    I would have taken a picture of the guy while he was telling me no pictures allowed. Lol.
     
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    I set up at a lot of shows and I can tell you for sure I do NOT want anyone taking pictures of me and any merchandise I might have on my tables, nor of my customers. Some posters here seem to think it's funny to take a picture, but at many shows where I see signs posted the show promoters I believe would be entirely within their rights to seize your camera and remove the pictures.

    Really guys, is it such a big deal to take pictures of people who DON'T want their pictures taken? Grow up.
     
  25. exavid

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    First off I wouldn't take pictures of people or things they own without asking permission. But if someone was to try to take my phone it would be resisted just the same as if that person was attempting to rob me. That person laying hands on me to take it would be comitting an assault and I'd defend. Grabbing someone's expensive phone/camera isn't a great idea.
     
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