A Non-Profit Corporation.  Member Owned.  N.R.A. Affiliated

​​​DATE:   April 11, 2020
TO:        Directors, Trustees and Membership of the Tri-State Gun Collectors, Inc.
FROM:  Treasurer Tom Baeumel, Tri-State Gun Collectors, Inc.
RE:         Fiscal Status of the Tri-State Gun Collectors, Inc.

We, as an organization and as individuals are enduring extraordinary and unknown times. As an organization, we have overcome conditions that have slowed and even closed a day or a weekend of a gun show. The Directors and I, being good stewards of TSGC finances, have set up a ‘rainy day’ line item that we regularly deposit funds. We have withstood ‘snow days’ with low to no income from a gun show, but to date, we have not been forced to tap these monies to pay the rent, heat, wages, etc. 

With the April and May gun shows being canceled, there will be no income the last two shows of the 2019/2020 season. On the brighter side, there is a clause in the contract with the Allen County Agriculture Society that if the government doesn’t permit the gun show(s), that we are excused from the rental of the fairgrounds. This was originally put in place to safeguard TSGC if our second amendment rights were infringed upon. Since Ohio Governor DeWine issued the ‘Stay at Home Order’ including ‘no gathering of more than ten people’, this clause will be utilized, thus saving TSGC rent and heat debt. 

I don’t believe that any of us foresaw this pandemic on the horizon when the Directors voted to cancel the picnic. With hindsight being 20/20, this is another expense that is no longer a burden to TSGC.

I’m certain that I’m going to forget some expenses for this correspondence, but please keep in mind that we are still have overhead, including liability insurance, Directors professional insurance, workers compensation insurance, etc.  Rest assured that the TSGC has put aside enough capital in the ‘rainy day’ account to keep us in the black until this crisis is in the rear view mirror.

Obviously, with not having the gun shows we don’t have the wages expenditure. I don’t have the vocabulary or the means to comfort our employees and contractors. All I can say is “I’m so sorry and we shall overcome this catastrophe. I’m not certain how or when, but rest assured, we are Americans and that’s what we do”. When the gun shows do resume, everyone hold on tight. This unraveling and unnerving of our civilized society will surely encourage most citizens to accept the responsibility for the safety and welfare of themselves and their loved ones.

A Letter From John M. Wynn

Submitted By Tom Baemel

Local Economic Impact of TSGC

About the COVID-19 Pandemic

From Our Directors

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​Shows are the

first full weekend of the month,

October thru May.

Post Office Box 1201
Lima, Ohio  45801

Tri-State Gun Collectors is a member-owned, non-profit organization with a Board of Directors consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Officers and Trustees.  This is the governing body that makes the decisions and directs the organization.  We have a Show Manager and an Assistant Show Manager that actually organizes the monthly shows.  The shows run from October thru May on the first full weekend of each month.  The Show Managers work with the Board of Directors in the management and decision making for the monthly shows.

Tri-State Gun Collectors has a very high profile security team which is made up of area law enforcement officers.  Our Security Chief has had over 25 years experience as a police officer and D.A.R.E. instructor. 

All new applicants are screened through area law enforcement agencies before they are approved by the Board of Directors for membership.  

T.S.G.C. has actively and financially supported our community with our labor and donations to nominated organizations.    


Tom Baeumel
Treasurer, T.S.G.C.

I wanted to check the accuracy of this before I passed it on and I checked Michigan and Wisconsin to see how many hunting licenses were sold in both states and in Michigan this past year there were 751,310 licenses sold, and in Wisconsin 820,299 which included bows and crossbows...strictly gun licenses were 569,203... so I'm pretty confident this email is pretty accurate.   
A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion:
There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin... Allow me to restate that number: 600,000
Over the last several months, Wisconsin's hunters became the eighth largest army in the world. (That’s more men under arms than in Iran ... More than France and Germany combined.) These men, deployed to the woods of a single American state, Wisconsin, to hunt with firearms, And NO ONE WAS KILLED.

That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woodsof Pennsylvania and Michigan's 700,000 hunters, ALL OF WHOM HAVE RETURNED HOME SAFELY.

Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the Hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.
And then add in the total number of hunters in the other 46 states.  It's millions more.

The point?  
America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower! Hunting... it's not just a way to fill the freezer. It's a matter of national security.

That's why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed.

Food for thought when next we consider gun control. So, if we disregard the assumption that hunters don't possess the same skills as soldiers, the question would still remain... What army of 2 million would want to face 30 million, 40 million, or 50 million armed citizens??? For the sake of our freedom, don't ever allow gun controlor confiscation of guns.

(If you agree, as I do, pass it on. I feel good that I have an army of millions who would protect our land and I sure don't want the government taking control of the possession of firearms)

AMERICA! Designed by geniuses, Run by idiots.

Something I thought you may like to know

Christine Pleva, Executive Director of the Lima/Allen County Convention & Visitors Bureau, furnished us with the specifics of the economic impact our gun shows have on the local economy.

According to the Bureau's figures the Tri-State Gun Collectors show generate $6.9 MILLION over a period of 8 months, 2 days per month.


Tom Baemel


​Tri-State Gun Collectors