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July 18, 2016 

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

Centralia Gun Show
SW Washington Fairgrounds
Centralia, WA
August 27 & 28, 2016

Redmond Gun Show
Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center
Redmond, OR
September 3 & 4, 2016

Rose City Gun Show
Portland EXPO Center
Portland, OR
September 10 & 11, 2016

Centralia Gun Show
SW Washington Fairgrounds
Centralia, WA
September 17 & 18, 2016

Centralia Gun Show
SW Washington Fairgrounds
Centralia, WA
October 15 & 16, 2016

Albany Gun Show
Linn County Fairgrounds
Albany, OR
October 29 & 30, 2016

Oregon Firearms Federation

Seattle Gun Rights Examiner @ examiner.com



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
at The SW Washington Fairgrounds
Centralia, WA
August 27 & 28, 2016


To Our Valued Participants:
Recently you may have seen another gun show promoter putting on shows in Tacoma and other areas. That promoter goes by the name of BIG TOP PROMOTIONS, owned and operated by LC SPORTS.


We at WES KNODEL GUN SHOWS, INC want you to know that we are in NO WAY affiliated with, associated with, connected to or partnered with BIG TOP PROMOTIONS or LC SPORTS.


WES KNODEL GUN SHOWS, INC will continue to bring the same HIGH QUALITY, enjoyable, family-friendly shows to these, and additional, areas that we have for so many years in the past.

Disclaimer 8.24.15


Dangerous Initiative to be voted on in November in Washington State!!


The following article was written by Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation on behalf of Wes Knodel.



Since 1995 I've been the owner and operator of gun shows in the Pacific Northwest. As you already know, I'm a big supporter of your right to keep and bear arms, and our rights to freely assemble.


I want to continue to run the kind of gun shows that offer a quality experience for all gun owners, hunters, outdoorsmen, and competitive or recreational shooters.


However, there is an initiative on the November ballot in Washington State that threatens to permanently put that in jeopardy and could put all gun shows out of business, and even make you and I criminals overnight.


That's why I urge you to make a contribution to both defeat Initiative 594 and PASS Initiative 591.


Initiative 594 is an 18 page gun control law that would criminalize ALL private sales and ALL transfers of firearms without background checks, require registration of your firearms and all your private information in al massive government database.


As if that weren't bad enough, I-594 would also increase the waiting period for firearms, ban youth hunting with direct supervision and redirect scarce law enforcement resources to go after law-abiding gun owners instead of violent criminals walking our streets and neighborhoods.


Needless to say, I-594 is an outrageous bad law that attacks our rights and makes us all less safe.


Click here to fight against the I-594 gun control initiative. Please make a donation NOW to the Washington Citizens Against Regulatory Excess.


Thankfully, there is also a proposal on the ballot that not only addresses bad laws already on the books, (such as Washington State's emergency gun ban law) but also could defeat 594 should both pass.


I want to fight as hard as we can against 594, and the best defense is also a good offense. That's why I'm also supporting I-591 and Protect Our Gun Rights, a coalition of gun rights groups, gun collectors, hunters, gun owners and rank-and-file law enforcement.


Initiative 591 is also going to be on the November ballot in Washington State. It is vital that we support I-591 to fight against gun confiscation (like what happened in the wake of Hurricane Katrina) but to also defeat I-594.


Supporting I-591 is extremely vital because it stops Washington State from adopting stricter gun control laws under the banner of "background checks".


I-591 poses a legal problem for I-594 whose backers didn't account for I-591 being on the ballot too when they wrote their bill.


Click here to pledge your financial support today for I-591 to fight against gun confiscation laws and to also fight against I-594 should they both pass.


Unfortunately we are already losing ground, not only in the polls, but in the money race as well.


Supporters of the gun control initiative have already raised more than $2.7 million dollars. Rich millionaires like Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates and Nick Hanauer are attacking our rights and pledging millions to the effort.


Gun Rights supporters have only been able to raise less that $1 million for the ballot initiative fight. We're way behind and now's the time to act.


This is why it is vital that you pledge your financial support TODAY for I-591.


I want to continue doing gun shows and enjoy ALL of our rights for years to come. And I want those rights to remain intact and safe for all of you and your families.


This fight is only beginning, but with less than 100 days until the November ballot, the time to get in the fight and push back is NOW, not later..




Wes Knodel

Wes Knodel Gun Shows


PS: Oregon residents need to pay attention to this as well because if folks like Michael Bloomberg and the Brady Campaign are successful in Washington, you can bet your bottom dollar they'll be coming to Oregon next. We need to stop the anti-gun campaign now before it spreads to our state.


Please contribute to one, or even better BOTH, of the Yes of 591 / No on 594 pro-gun rights campaigns. Our rights depend on it.


To contribute to the Yes on  591 gun rights campaign, click here.


To contribute to the No on  594 gun rights campaign, click here.


Checks for the campaign may be mailed to:


POGR Yes on 591 (AND) WeCARE No on 594

12500 NE 10th Pl.

Bellevue, WA  98005




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.