Does this make any sense to you? Yesterday, I went to the, 'big gun show' at The Fernwood Hotel in Smithfield Township. As I'm walking down the hall I see this large sign on the show's entrance door. (Same sign I saw at the Allentown show a few weeks ago.) It read, 'All carry guns must be checked and tied.' So, unlike Allentown where I told the two goofy guys at the front door nobody was going to tie up my pistol with anything, (and subsequently ended up at, 'The Firing Line' instead) I looked at the nice old lady sitting behind the admission table; and asked her if it would be OK for me to tie up my own pistol. She replied, 'Why, yes, you sound like my husband.' 'He won't let anyone touch his pistol either.' (Well done, lady!) All she asked was that I hand her my gun so she could, safety check it. No problem! Before she could blink, I had dropped the magazine, pointed the muzzle at the floor, and racked the slide twice before I handed it to her. (I was in C-3, anyway, but still ...... .) Well, here's where the goofy stuff really starts: First, she didn't have the hand strength to pull the slide back; so I had to take the pistol away from her and lock the slide, myself. Then she left the plastic tie lock on top of the slide; so I was unable to reholster the pistol without having to use a lot of excess force. She remained pleasant and wanted to help. Together we, both, jerked around with that plastic tie until I was finally able to slide the locking tab directly over the muzzle and easily reholster the pistol again. Did you know that all this back and forth, dropping the magazine, checking the chamber 3 times, and yanking and pulling on the tie until the pistol would reholster is required by the show's insurance regulations? Kind 'a makes me wonder what complete frigg 'in idiot is writing the insurance regs? It would have been so much safer, so much easier, if the admissions staff would just leave peoples' EDC's alone. There is no viable safety regulation against human stupidity. Yes I know, and have known, idiots who own and carry guns. The only real protection against these, too often, mischievous nitwits is to stay away from them. In the tradeoff between clearing and tying up your pistol, (No bullet trap, no sand barrel, not even a suggested safe direction in which to point the muzzle) and just plain leaving the pistol alone, yesterday, convinced me that leaving the pistol entirely alone is, unquestionably, the safest and most practical thing to do. Like I said, an idiot with a gun is always going to be an idiot with a gun. There's no stopping that. In my opinion the sign at the front door of every gunshow should read, 'Keep your carry pistol inside its holster at all times. No exceptions - Period!' (As for the guys who sell holsters? Let 'um sell them the same way they do on the internet. I did see one holster seller at this show who had a number of blue-colored pistol castings on his table. I thought that was smart!) Besides, as far as I know, the last two non-intentional firearm discharges at a Pennsylvania gun show were committed by one of the show's sellers while handling a long arm - NOT by one of the show's visiting attendees with a pistol. This whole ridiculous gun show safety policy of handling and rehandling peoples' carry pistols is just plain frigg 'in nutz to me. Quite frankly, a lot of these gun shows are starting to get really boring. In the past year, or so, I seen very few authentic gun show, 'good buys' on anything - including ammunition. Camaraderie aside, you can usually do better on the internet. Even the, 'For Sale' ads here are often better than anything I saw yesterday; and I don't have to wrap my EDC in plastic in order to sign onto Glock Talk.