Gun Show FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About The Tanner Gun Show

No, you do not, tickets are always available at the door. We accept cash or credit cards. Tickets are $15 and are good for all 3 days of the show.

Yes it is, tickets are always $15 and good 1, 2 or 3 days but we do offer $3 off with proof of 5 Star Google or Yelp review. 

No, you can show your ticket on your phone with a valid ID that matches the ticket.

Yes, every modern firearm requires a background check, antiques and some curios or relics do not require a background check.
(16)The term “antique firearm” means—
(A) any firearm (including any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system) manufactured in or before 1898; or
(B)any replica of any firearm described in subparagraph
(A) if such replica—
(i)is not designed or redesigned for using rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition, or
(ii)uses rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition which is no longer manufactured in the United States and which is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade; or
(C)any muzzle loading rifle, muzzle loading shotgun, or muzzle loading pistol, which is designed to use black powder, or a black powder substitute, and which cannot use fixed ammunition. For purposes of this subparagraph, the 

term “antique firearm” shall not 
include any weapon which incorporates a firearm frame or receiver, any firearm which is converted into a muzzle loading weapon, or any muzzle loading weapon which can be readily converted to fire fixed ammunition by replacing the barrel, bolt, breechblock, or any combination thereof.

27 CFR 478.11
Curios or relics.
Firearms which are of special interest to collectors by reason of some quality other than is associated with firearms intended for sporting use or as offensive or defensive weapons. To be recognized as curios or relics, firearms must fall within one of the following categories:

a. Firearms which were manufactured at least 50 years prior to the current date, but not including replicas thereof;
b. Firearms which are certified by the curator of a municipal, State, or Federal museum which exhibits firearms to be curios or relics of museum interest; and
c. Any other firearms which derive a substantial part of their monetary value from the fact that they are novel, rare, bizarre, or because of their association with some historical figure, period, or event. Proof of qualification of a particular firearm under this category may be established by evidence of present value and evidence that like firearms are not available except as collector’s items, or that the value of like firearms available in ordinary commercial channels is substantially less.

Background checks take 72 hours from the moment of purchase and typically cost $35. Each show, we will have a map available at the front desk  map (example) of gun shops willing to do background checks for anyone so simply pick the gun shop that is most convenient for you to pick up your firearm. You can also pick up your firearm at the next Tanner Gun Show for free in 30 minutes or less – see bullet below for more information.

No, please come to the front desk when you arrive at the show to pick up your firearm and we will assist you. 

You need is a valid Colorado Driver’s License or other state issued, picture or digital ID. Some secondary forms of ID are acceptable if you live in CO but do not have a valid CO ID:
–  A current lease -A current bank check
–  A current utility or telephone bill -A current automobile registration
–  A current passport with CO address -A current hunting or fishing license

Contact Steve at with specific questions.

Yes just bring your papers, thank you for your service.

Friend no but family yes, see below

No. This is considered a straw purchase and is illegal. The denied person would need to go through the appeals process. “Any person who knowingly purchases or otherwise obtains a firearm on behalf of or for transfer to a person who the transferor knows or reasonably should know is ineligible to possess a firearm pursuant to federal or state law commits a class 4 felony.” (CRS 18-12-111) However, immediate family members do not need background checks done to transfer firearms between one another. The firearm should not be transferred to any family member who is prohibited from purchasing and/or possessing firearm. Immediate family is defined as spouses, parents, children, siblings, grandparents,  grandchildren, nieces, nephews, first cousins, aunts, and uncles (in laws do not apply). (CRS 18-12-112).

Absolutely! Personal firearms may be brought into the show for sell or trade. Each firearm must be unloaded prior to entering the building and checked by security at the admission desk. Most vendors are at gun shows to buy as well as to sell guns. Make sure any buyer completes a background check which we offer at the show

Most vendors do accept credit cards. However, some of the smaller vendors are cash only but ATM’s are on premise at all shows. 

There are a wide variety of guns from multiple vendors at all shows. We do not know specifically what guns the vendors will bring to each show. 

Absolutely, each show has hundreds of vendors and most with excellent gun knowledge happy to give an appraisal.

Anyone 18 years of age and older can buy a long gun. Anyone 21 years of age and older can buy a hand gun. Please do not handle any firearms you are not allowed to own

First, you will have to attend a concealed carry class taught by NRA certified instructors and upon completion  you will get a certificate.  At that time you need to contact your local sheriff’s office who can guide you through the rest of the process as it fluctuates per county.  Effective Firearms Training and Strategic Security Solutions offer CCW classes at each of our shows for $75.  Classes are 3 hours and are held on Saturday and Sunday 11-2pm every TANNER GUN SHOW. Live fire + concealed carry classes are also available for $150.  Contact Effective Firearms Training at (720) 507-8022 for more information or CLICK HERE to register for our next Concealed Carry Class

Yes, all purchases are subject to sales tax. Some dealers add it on to the price of the product at the time of sale and others include the tax in the price. The cheapest tax rate at any of our venues is 4.75% at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds.

Yes. At this time, Colorado Concealed Handgun permits do not meet all the criteria to qualify for an exemption to the background check. That means even if you have a Colorado Concealed Handgun permit, you must have a new background check every time you purchase a firearm. Out of state Concealed Handgun permit holders also need a background check to purchase a firearm in Colorado.

All firearms must be UNLOADED & DECLARED with our security at the entrance.  They will put a zip tie and a sticker on the firearm.  The zip tie ensures it’s unloaded and the sticker shows security you came with the firearm because all guns must have a sticker on it to leave the building.  If you come in with a loaded magazine our security will keep it with them at the entrance.  

If you have been denied by the CBI for the purchase of a firearm, you have the right to appeal the decision. In accordance with both state and federal privacy laws, we are unable to disclose the reason(s) for your denial over the telephone, nor do we handle appeals in person.

Starting on August 9, 2021 the CBI InstaCheck section initiated an online appeal system for denied firearm purchases. This system is available at the following website address:

Here you will be able to submit an appeal to CBI and then receive communication including status updates from the CBI during the process. You will need to create an account on this website for the purpose of submitting an appeal to CBI. You MUST submit your intent to appeal within 30 days of your denial. There are further details available on the website.

The three requirements to purchase a handgun in Colorado include:
    1. being a Colorado resident,
    2. being at least 21 years old, and
    3. passing a CBI background check

If you do not have a valid Colorado driver’s license, you can buy a long gun (rifle or shotgun), with a few exceptions like California. For handgun purchases, you could buy it but you would have to have the dealer transfer it to a dealer with a Federal Firearms License (FFL) in your home state and you could pick it up there after you pass their background check.

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