A showdown my be brewing between between local and state officials in Texas over whether gun shows will continue to be allowed on public property, as Austin and Travis County officials consider banning the popular markets, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The local officials have expressed an eagerness to pass the proposed regulation in the wake of the Dec. 14 mass shootings in Newtown, Conn. that took the lives of 20 school children and six adults.
According to Travis County Commissioner Sara Eckhardt, implementing a ban on gun shows on public property is about all she can do from her office to have an effect on gun control efforts.
"It is a drop in the bucket," she told reporters. "But if everybody does what they can . . . I think we will have made a difference."
The gun shows, which are held at major public venues several times a year, generate thousands of dollars in revenue for the cities and counties in which they are held.
The issue has become so heated that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued a warning in response to the proposed gun show bans in the form of tweet.
"If Austin or Travis Co. try to ban gun shows they better be ready for a double-barreled lawsuit," his message said.
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson agreed, arguing that such a band would unconstitutional.
"The greatest threat to liberty is the City Council," he said. "It's full of people ... who are do-gooders and don't understand the Constitution. I'm not sure this [ban] is going to fly.”
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