Heh. I don't know about the gun shows in your area, but ours are pretty disappointing. Here's the inside story. I usually end up going, although I wonder why:
First, before you get to the door you have to disarm. Either leave your piece in the truck or unload it so it can be zip-tied at the door. So you and everyone else following the rules is unarmed, always a good start.
Once inside, there are a dozens of tables displaying firearms, new, old, long guns, handguns, shotguns, military, and so on. Most of these are either under glass or cabled together so that they can't really be handled. A few of the smaller tables have them out so you can talk to the vendor and at least shoulder or sight the merchandise.
Prices are tending toward the high end. Local gun shops usually end up looking competitive. Gone are the days of finding a deal on an old military rifle or a gently used handgun. I walk by some tables wondering if the guns are for sale or just displayed in an odd museum with price tags.
Some ammo sales, a little bit of reloading supplies. Powder has been scarce and very spendy. I did buy a bulk pack of factory 9mm last time. It was new manufactured mil-spec, and with things winding down overseas, the manufacturer was at the show looking to test the civilian market. It wasn't really a great deal, but it was fair, and it was good ammo at the range.
Then there's everything else.
Flashlights, tables and tables of flashlights, most of them designed to light up the field for night baseball.
Electric stun guns. These are easy to find. The continuous test firing makes a angry crackle from the far corner of the room. The same guy is selling pepper spray, batons, and cheap copies of Japanese katanas.
Knives. Some quality, lots of cheap. The nice ones cost more than the guns.
Survival food. Jerky. Nitrogen packed meals in buckets. Old MREs. Camo clothes, old military stuff, the kind of things I used to see in the Army-Navy store for $2.99 now priced to sell for $27.50!
T-shirts and patches. Military, patriotic, pro-2A, and vendor advertising. Sometimes all on the same shirt. The last several times there's been a booth manned by a couple of pretty young women selling stickers and t-shirts with a slogan that most us would support but wouldn't wear.If anything about this seems exciting, I apologize for not being more descriptive. No one is breaking any laws. Crates of automatic weapons are not changing hands. There is no "gun show loophole", every vendor has to fill out the same forms as the guy at the gun shop, calls have to made, there is nothing shady happening.
You walk around, see some friends, look at the stuff, and head out in a couple of hours.
Yes, if you have the money and you are willing to part with it and can pass a background check, you can buy a gun at a gun show. I'm unsure how this qualifies as news.