Did anyone hear about the mayor of Tulsa and her venue for the Tulsa show? Talk is about the annexation of the expo building (county property) into the city. I heard this at the show last weekend. If this is true, it could possibly have serious consequences one year from now. This is one of the current techniques being used by large cities to hinder, or cause the cessation of our private and public firearms shows that we attend.
With firearms pre-emption being the current law in Ohio, I believe this means the individual cities cannot pass new anti-gun laws, or enforce their own anti-gun laws that were previously on their books. It is evident they are circumventing this through selective usage/rental of buildings within their cities boundaries. Sounds like discrimination to me. I have a feeling that Tulsa does not have restrictive gun laws currently on their books, but possibly going about this in the same manner as other large cities.
This is what happened to the OGCA in Columbus and Brookpark, Ohio. In Columbus (Vet's Memorial), they used their cities gun laws to run the club out. In Cleveland (I-X Centre) they eliminated the OGCA's usage of the I-X Centre through annexation of land and buildings from Brookpark to Cleveland ownership. That is one of the reasons the OGCA is in a new location.
Every time you move a show to another location, the show takes a hit on membership and attendance, along with tableholder participation. This is a fact that has proven itself out over the past 25-30 years. It takes a long time to rebuild participation and interest. A major factor is the lack of younger collectors, both female and male to take up where we leave off. Another factor is a location with large enough facilities that are user friendly (rest rooms, building configuration), hotels, restaurants,and ample parking. Another factor is the insurance industries willingness to provide liability insurance and whatever else is required.
Hope everyone who attended Tulsa had a great time. Don't forget OGCA is the weekend of November 10-11, 2007 in Wilmington, Ohio. Best regards, Bob