“A big part of painting is seeing the world in a certain way—it’s a way of feeling the world and seeing the way, the landscape. I think it goes back to the Renaissance. People used to paint landscapes and people would paint people. And if it was a landscape, they would take the shape of the landscape,” he says.
“When we’re just trying to create something—for our own personal enjoyment or something for a project—we’re taking on the world and bringing it into our own personal experience. It’s just as natural as people do to try to get lost in this world and get lost inside the landscape. It comes very naturally.”
A new study from the Center for Public Integrity finds that in the first half of the year, more gun sales than ever occurred at gun shows where buyers paid a $25 fee to join the event, despite a rule in a major law prohibiting vendors from collecting sales receipts.
In many of the events, more than half of participants — who range in age from 15 to 64, and range in income from $150,000 to $100,000 — participated in the fee-only option, according to an analysis of Federal Bureau of Investigation records by CPM’s Center For Public Integrity.
In a letter sent to the ATF on November 14, the group asked a federal agency that collects firearms sales receipts to clarify that an annual $25 fee to trade in guns at gun shows is permitted as long as gun shows also have a fee of $50.
The ATF did not answer the letter. By early November, the law that covers such events, the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act, had been repealed. While the bill was not a full repeal of a law passed by Congress in 2013, it was not clear if the NRA would take up the issue. The new law allows states to regulate who can buy guns and who can carry them, and the repeal of the $25 fee will make it easier for those states to regulate gun shows.
The ATF did not respond to repeated requests for comment from CPM.
To get a quick sense of the type of gun shows gun shows go to, you might need to go back, because gun shows have experienced a dramatic boom in 2010. Last month, the National Shooting Sports Foundation tallied sales at 814 gun shows, up 64 percent from 2014.
But the spike in gun transactions was driven by a surge in sales at gun shows that the ATF doesn’t regulate.
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