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TABC Rule Change Could Shut Down Gun Shows

Some gun enthusiasts say future gun shows in Texas are at serious risk if a proposed rule written by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is adopted as written.

TABC's proposed rule will affect any venue--including Cedar Park Center and almost all other gun show venues in Texas that are licensed by TABC to sell alcohol. These rule changes would significantly hamper and effectively end gun shows in Texas!

Proposed changes:

36.1(f) A location that has a license or permit authorizing the on-premises consumption of alcoholic beverages may only allow a gun or firearms show or display at the location if:

(1) the location is owned or leased by a governmental entity or nonprofit civic, religious, charitable, fraternal, or veterans’ organization;

(2) the location is used for a gun or firearms show or display only on an occasional basis; and

(3) a the written agreement between the operator of the show or display and the permittee or licensee is filed at the commission's district office and approved by the commission 30 days prior to the gun or firearms show or display and the agreement includes the following:

 (A) a requirement that prohibits live ammunition in the building or the facility where the licensed premises is located;

(B) a requirement that firearms be disabled and not readily convertible for use as a firearm; and

(C) a requirement that prohibits the delivery of any firearm inside the building or facility where the licensed premises is located.

This new rule would affect any venue that is licensed by the TABC to sell alcoholic beverages and would be in effect even if NO alcoholic beverages are permitted to be sold during the gun show.  The rule was published in the August 8, 2014 issue of the Texas Register. This will open a 30 day period of public comment. There will be an opportunity for oral comments at a Public Hearing to be conducted by the staff of the Commission on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Public Hearing will be held at the first-floor Commission Room in the Commission’s headquarters, which is located at 5806 Mesa Drive in Austin.

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