Members of an Austin City Council sub-committee decide to keep all discussions regarding a possible ban on gun shows inside the city behind closed doors for now.
After Travis County Commissioners vote unanimously yesterday to honor the existing contract at the Travis County Expo Center in 2013, Austin Council Member Mike Martinez, on the Public Health & Human Services Committee, showed they were backing off the idea to ban gun shows, as well, "No one here is proposing something that is proposing something that would be 1) illegal and 2) wanting to pick a fight with the Attorney General and stir up some lawsuit. We're simply trying to do our part in a strong national conversation that's going on right now."
Criminal Defense Atty Kent Anschutz weighed in, saying the city would have a good chance of winning if they did decide to refuse to rent to gun shows in the future, "Let's say that 'Poronographers Association of America' wants to rent your hall. Is Attornrey General Abbot going to tell us we're going to have to rent to them? I hope not."
The Attorney General released a statement, saying Travis County Commissioners 'did the right thing' and as Texans, we should endeavor to keep our children safe, but violating the law in pursuit of that goal is not right.