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Cody Firearms Museum

The Firearms Museum houses the most comprehensive collection of American firearms in the world. In 1975, the Winchester Arms Collection, the heart of this museum, adventured west as a loan from the Olin Corporation. It was deeded as a gift in 1988. To date, the Cody Firearms Museum has over 7,000 firearms with more than 30,000 firearms-related artifacts.

Winchester-made guns are not the only manufacturer you will see here, though; virtually every significant manufacturer in the world is represented! Visitors are able to explore the evolution of modern arms technology from its earliest days through today’s outstanding variations. Whether you are interested in sporting, military, embellished, or even Hollywood guns, there is something for all visitors to enjoy.
Gun collectors can take advantage of the Cody Firearms Museum Records Office to acquire information about individual firearms manufactured by Winchester, Marlin, and L.C. Smith. Factory letters are available to Cody Firearms Museum members and non-members for a fee. Go to our Firearms Records page for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: The Cody Firearms Museum staff is able to respond to general questions regarding firearms and firearm-related issues beyond the scope of the Records Office on a limited basis. Contact Curatorial Assistant Daniel Brumley at or 307-578-4117. Response times vary with the workload of the curatorial staff. We are unable to respond to gunsmithing, highly technological, or hand-loading inquiries.

Some Basic Facts About Gun Control in Mexico

• Do you know it is illegal to enter Mexico with a firearm without a permit from Secretariat of National Defense? Mexican customs agents do not issue gun permits; this permit must be processed before you attempt to cross the border with any type of firearm or ammunition. Anyone entering Mexico with a firearm or ammunition without a permit could face up to five years in prison.
• All arms must be registered with the Secretariat of National Defense in accordance with the Federal Law on Firearms and Explosives.
• The Directorate of Commercialization of Arms and Munitions (Dirección de Comercialización de Armamento y Municiones – DCAM) located in Mexico City is the only legally authorized firearms store in the country.
• The Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA), is responsible for issuing licenses and operating the General Directorate for the Federal Firearms Registry and Explosives Control.
• Mexican citizens and legal foreign residents of Mexico may purchase firearms at DCAM provided they meet the qualifications.
• Citizens may own a total of 10 registered firearms (nine long guns, one handgun) per household.
• Businesses are not entitled to keep a firearm on the premises unless the business is also their residence.
• Lost or stolen firearms must be reported to the Secretariat of Defense.
• Owning a gun and carrying a firearm are two different scenarios in Mexico. You may own a registered firearm which must be kept in the home, but in order to carry it, you need a license, which is typically reserved for police, army, navy officials, some private security services and specialized sporting participants. Some rural landowners or politicians and affluent citizens, who feel they are in danger may be able to justify the need for a carry license.
• Carry firearms licenses are issued to individuals who
o are mentally and physically capable.
o provide proof of employment.
o served in the military.
o do not have a criminal record.
o do not use illegal drugs.
o demonstrate a need to carry arms.
• There are two types of carrying licenses, one for officials and one for private citizens. Officials hold their license for as long as they are in the position that required a firearms license, whereas individuals must renew their license every two years.
• Licenses to carry arms for individuals are for the exclusive use of that individual.
• Licenses may be granted to private individuals owning one or more firearms for target shooting or hunting, if the applicant is a member of a registered club or association and meets the requirements.
• Transport of firearms: gun owners who belong to hunting or shooting clubs and keep registered firearms must maintain a valid permit and renew this permit each year in order to transport the guns to and from these activities.
• The private sale and transfer of firearms must be authorized by Secretariat of National Defense. The buyer and seller must appear in person along with the weapon, to process the transaction.

RAND’s Summer Reading List for Congress

The U.S. Congress is seen on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Washington, D.C. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

For busy staff, August’s respite from back-to-back meetings, hearing preparation, and late votes is hard-earned. The summer recess also provides an opportunity to get ahead of issues that will resurface in the fall. To that end, we have compiled recent RAND research on topics likely to top the congressional agenda come September.
Gun Policy in America
In the wake of recent tragedies in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, and the garlic festival in Gilroy, California, congressional leaders are expected to renew discussions about gun laws when they return from recess. What does scientific evidence tell us about the effects of gun laws, including background checks? Last year, RAND released findings from one of the largest studies ever conducted on the subject, with the goal of establishing a shared set of facts that will improve public discussions and support the development of fair and effective gun policies.
Explore RAND’s gun policy research
Illicit Supply of Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids
Given the scope of the synthetic opioid crisis and the new challenges it presents, RAND’s Bryce Pardo recommends that Congress look beyond available drug policy tools to address this problem. In his July 25 testimony, Pardo laid out four potential policy responses to help stem the rising trend in overdoses, which is complicated by the arrival of illicitly manufactured synthetic opioids. These strategies include encouraging federal authorities to work with Chinese counterparts to strengthen China’s regulatory and enforcement capabilities and strengthening federal efforts aimed at reducing demand for opioids and overdose risk.
Read the testimony
Higher Education Act Reauthorization
In light of Congress’ efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, RAND experts have synthesized research addressing several aspects of the nation’s main federal law governing postsecondary education. Researchers discuss how the federal government could help improve postsecondary student success, the potential for dual enrollment programs to boost postsecondary access for students currently underrepresented in postsecondary education, and how federal policy could encourage innovation to cut the cost of college, among other topics.
Explore the commentariesRead more of RAND’s postsecondary education research
Addressing Surprise Medical Bills
Surprise medical bills—which can arise when insured patients unknowingly receive care from out-of-network physicians—can run in the thousands of dollars. As federal legislation is considered to address surprise billing, it is important to weigh the potential effects of the proposed legislation on the overall cost of health care. In a recent commentary, RAND experts point out that while out-of-pocket liability has a shock value, any action that limits this liability should also account for the amount owed to physicians by insurers so that costs don’t get passed on to everyone.
Read the commentary
Extending Russia
Russia continues to be a top national security focus for Congress, which held hearings and crafted legislation to address Moscow’s destabilizing activities. According to a recent RAND report, Russia’s use of information warfare and its conventional military arsenal make it a formidable opponent, but the state also has significant weaknesses that could be exploited. This report examines a range of nonviolent measures the United States could take to stress Russia’s military, its economy, or the regime’s political standing at home and abroad. The steps would be designed to cause Russia to compete in domains or regions where the United States has a comparative advantage—driving Russia to overextend itself militarily or economically or causing the regime to lose domestic and/or international prestige or influence.
Read the reportRead the research brief
Truth Decay
RAND is studying “Truth Decay”—the diminishing role of facts and analysis in American public life, characterized by increasing disagreement about facts and analytical interpretations of facts and data; a blurring of the line between opinion and fact; the increasing relative volume and resulting influence of opinion and personal experience over fact; and declining trust in formerly respected sources of facts. RAND’s first Truth Decay research examined the phenomenon’s drivers and consequences, and the newest report describes the field of media literacy education and the ways in which it can counter Truth Decay by changing how participants consume, create, and share information.

Trade shows and Fairs October 2018

Trade Shows October 2018

This time we share the most important trade shows and fairs in the United States in October 2018.

The Water Environment Federation is a not-for-profit association that provides technical education and training for thousands of water quality professionals who clean water and return it safely to the environment.

Ernest Morial Convention Center – New Orleans, LA
October 1 – October 3, 2018


National Association of Convenience Stores NACS is the International trade group representing retailers and suppliers. Includes news, buyer’s guide, events, membership information, and industry resources.

Las Vegas Convention Center – Las Vegas, NV
October 8 – October 12, 2018


Gaming Sands Expo Center Casino-entertainment professionals gather in Las Vegas to see and learn what’s new and what’s next in the dynamic and ever-changing gaming industry.

Sands Expo Center and Venetian Congress – Las Vegas, NV
October 9 – October 11, 2018


The ABC Kids Expo is the primary Trade Show for the juvenile products industry.

Las Vegas Convention Center – Las Vegas, NV
October 9 – October 11, 2018


International PACK EXPO International is the world’s largest packaging and processing show with over 2,000 exhibitors showcasing the latest technology and solutions. This show attracts over 45,000 attendees and 7,000 international buyers.

McCormick Place – Chicago, IL
October 14 – October 17, 2018


IMEX America Sands Expo Center IMEX America is America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events.

Sands Expo Center and Venetian Congress – Las Vegas, NV
October 16 – October 18, 2018


The NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) promotes the aviation interests of organizations utilizing general aviation aircraft for business purposes in the United States and worldwide.

Orange County Convention Center – Orlando, FL
October 16 – October 18, 2018

Cable-Tec Expo is the industry’s engineering show of the year – hosts 10,000 attendees annually and provides the opportunity to discover and learn first-hand about the latest in cable telecommunications


Georgia World Congress – Atlanta, GA
October 22 – October 25, 2018


The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) Show will be held at the Sands Expo Center and Ventian Congress in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event represents the do-it-yourself auto retail aftermarket .

“Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo”
Sands Expo Center and Venetian Congress – Las Vegas, NV
October 30 – November 1, 2018


Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) is the world’s largest premier automotive specialty products trade event bringing together more than 100,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibitors from the automotive, truck, SUV.

“Specialty Equipment Marketing Association”
Las Vegas Convention Center – Las Vegas, NV
October 30 – October 2, 2018