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July 17, 2014 

Official E-Newsletter
All the latest gun show news you can use!

Centralia Gun Show
SW Washington Fairgrounds
Centralia, WA
August 23 & 24, 2014

'Original' Rose City Gun Show
Portland EXPO Center
Portland, OR
Sept. 6 &7, 2014

Centralia Gun Show
SW Washington Fairgrounds
Centralia, WA
September 13 & 14, 2014

Merlin Gun Show
Merlin National Guard Armory
Grants Pass, OR
September 20 & 21, 2014

Oregon Firearms Federation 2013 Bills & Drafts

Seattle Gun Rights Examiner @ examiner.com

2014 Door Prize is a TNW Firearms ASR -
Magento Commerce
TNW Firearms, Inc.


Oregon Fire Code
Technical Advisory 12-01


Wes Knodel Gun & Knife Shows are no longer affiliated with Collectors West Gun & Knife Shows.

( No longer affiliated with collectors west gun & knife shows )


( No longer affiliated with collectors west gun & knife shows )

No longer affiliated with collectors west gun & knife shows )







Come see us at the
Centralia Gun Show
SW Washington Fairgrounds
Centralia, WA
August 23 & 24, 2014

New Dates added for the Tacoma Dome Show!!
2014 & 2015 dates are here!!



PO BOX 18001

JUNE 12, 2014



During the month of April 2014 we started a gun and knife show in a new venue- The Tacoma Dome. We set out to cater to the vast amount of gun show enthusiasts in the area wanting a large “quality” show. The response was phenomenal to say the least. It is obvious from the results of our April show this can be the largest show of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Not only for our customers and dealers but the Tacoma area as well! The Tacoma Dome staff reported a much needed economic impact of 1.4 million dollars for the city.

There has been some negative feedback and concerns, prompted by jealous competitors and an anti-gun group pertaining to the lack of background checks to non-licensed sellers of firearms. This information was brought to the attention of the Tacoma City Mayor as well as the City Manager and town council. Some was misguided information which led to the Mayor and most of the town council members  passing a resolution.

This new resolution mandates the Promoter to require background checks on all firearm purchases on property owned or controlled by the city of Tacoma.

Although this violates a State preemption law as written and intended. It is our opinion the city is relying on an erroneous state Supreme Court decision to exempt itself from state law.

In addition, there is a state ballot measure #594 which if passed will require background checks for all firearm transfers. This could make the city’s resolution unnecessary and keep the city within the limits of state law.

Due to the recent gang, school and mass shootings, not only in Washington but nationwide, there is a new fear. This fear is a national debate. The constitution gives us the right to bear arms, defend ourselves and property. Yet we all agree that there are those who have lost that right and should not be capable of purchasing weapons. This is why we have gone to great lengths to go above and beyond to prevent such sales at our events.

There has been lengthy discussion with lobbyists, pro-gun advocates and attorneys. Considering current events and local politics, the passage of a universal background check is highly likely. The gun show feels this issue is best decided and enforced at the State legislative level.

As of June 5, 2014 I have signed contracts with the City of Tacoma/Tacoma Dome to rent the facility. The next show is scheduled for November 8 & 9, 2014 with 4 more shows scheduled in 2015. Within the contract I have agreed to require background checks for all firearm sales not already required to do so. This will be the first Gun Show in the State of Washington to offer a “complete per transaction background check on the buyer and the firearm”.

To meet the city’s requirement I have hired a federally licensed dealer to conduct the background checks for non-licensed sellers. In a joint effort by the licensed dealer, gun show promoter and the Tacoma Dome facility, background checks will not be charged!! The disadvantage will be minor inconvenience keying information and a few minutes for the computers to process the background check.

The advantage is that Oregon, Idaho and Washington non licensed residents can legally buy and sell rifles and shotguns to each other via the licensed dealer. The same dealer is also available to legally ship firearms to any other licensed dealer in any other state for a nominal fee. Subsequently to be legally received by the non-licensed customer.

Our background check system has huge advantages over any other used by our competitors. EVERY gun and EVERY buyer is checked for EVERY transaction. We will be using NICS which was developed by the Federal Government specifically for this purpose. The buyer is assured they are not purchasing a stolen gun. The seller is assured they are not illegally selling to a UN qualified buyer. The Federal government assumes liability after the transaction. Federal law prevents record keeping after the transaction for those who are paranoid about lists.

We appreciate the quality of participants creating the overwhelming popularity of the gun show. We listen to requests of enthusiasts. We recognize the huge and much needed economic impact of the city. We have committed to continuing this venue. It is our hope to make this the best quality, largest and most diverse in the region for years to come.


Wes Knodel


Concealed Carry License Training
at the EXPO!!
Come get the education required for you to apply for your Oregon CHL, your Utah CFP and your Arizona CWP all in one class at the upcoming Gun Show at the Expo Center. Class will start at 10:00am and finish about 2:30pm. Go to www.BlackstoneGunSafety.com to pre-register for this class. All the costs are on the web site. In order to carry a gun in Oregon one must have the Oregon CHL. Oregon doesn’t recognize any other state. The Oregon license is NOT honored in Washington State. However, the Utah CFP is honored in Washington and about 30 other states. By having  the OR, UT and AZ permits one can carry in every state west of the Mississippi with the exception of Colorado, California and Nevada. This is the best coverage for us at this time. After attending this class you will gain free access to the Gun Show for the remainder of the day.



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A couple of weeks ago I received an email newsletter from the Portland Metropolitan EXPO center. It was advertised as a medium for announcing upcoming events at the center.

In the normal course of business many exhibitors have asked why they are suddenly getting emails from the EXPO center. I encouraged them to ask the EXPO center since it originated from there.

One of my participants did so and received this reply. I redacted the name to protect the confidentially. Then copy and pasted below.

“NAME – Thank you for your call. I took the time to immediately find this information for you. Your inclusion was provided as a courtesy from Collectors West. We had approval to mail to the list provided and your email was then added to our growing listing for Sports and Outdoors. This is a new effort over the past year on the part of the Expo Center.  

Our intention is for mailings roughly 4 times a year for a brief newsletter on all events over the quarter, and occasional informational postcards on specific events that meet the criteria of the given category. Timing of the mailings is dependent on staff time available. It is not our intention to over mail to people. Simply to inform them and hopefully drive attendance to the many positive events taking place here. The various categories are found here:  http://www.expocenter.org/newsletter.htm Additionally and as many others are doing, we are also participating in social media and have pages for MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. All have the intention of increasing attendees and awareness.  

Should you wish to unsubscribe your current e-mail from the list, the link at the bottom of the newsletter takes you to a simple site to do so, including an option for a confirming e-mail to be sent. If you would like me to do so for you on your behalf, I am happy to assist.   

We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Further questions you can call or e-mail me at the contact information below. 

Matthew P. Rotchford
Sales and Events Manager - Portland Expo Center

503.736.5203  /  503.736.5201 fax  /  info@expocenter.org
Web:  www.expocenter.org  / MySpace / Facebook/ Twitter

Join the e-XPO Newsletter!  www.expocenter.org/newsletter.htm

Most of the emails gathered were from DOOR PRIZE entry forms handed to participants when admission is paid. On these forms it clearly states, “Contact information will be used to update our mailing list and WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.”

I wish to clearly state those of us at Wes Knodel Gun Shows, Inc. do not take our commitments lightly and was not provided by us.


What to do?

Since the WES KNODEL GUN SHOWS email list is held in strict confidence we will never sell, barter or otherwise release it to anyone.

The Portland Metropolitan Exposition center and its employees are working diligently to provide their events with the best marketing tools available to insure us with a successful and enjoyable experience. There is confusion about two promoters doing gun shows at the same venue. I encourage anyone who wishes to participate in ANY event there, to subscribe to the EXPO newsletter.


Wes Knodel


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