Travis County Commissioners, at the urging of their counterparts on the Austin City Council, are considering a proposal to ban gun shows on county-owned property and in public facilities. Austin may even go further and attempt to restrict them on private property within city limits.
This measure would primarily affect events held at the Travis County Expo Center east of town. Todd Beiter of Saxet Gun Shows has a contract with the county through January 2014. He’s been a law-abiding and responsible tenant who runs a safe and legal business. This proposed ban is not in response to anything that has happened at Saxet events, but in reaction to a terrible tragedy that occurred thousands of miles away in a state with some of the most stringent gun control laws in the country.