SAXET won’t sign “revised” contract with Travis County

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Travis County Commissioners have issued a new contract to the SAXET Gun Show but the event organizers aren’t signing on the dotted line just yet.

On Tuesday, the Commissioners sent the organizers a revised contract asking for specific changes.

The County is asking vendors that are not federally licensed firearms dealers (FFLs) to conduct a background check before selling a firearm at the Expo Center.

In a response to KXAN News, SAXET said they “cannot accept or enforce a contractual agreement made by two parties that have no legal ramifications either by Federal, State or Local laws to the individuals.”

SAXET also said they can’t take it upon themselves to enforce those terms.

The County also lists several other security provisions:

  • All displayed firearms must be rendered inoperable by security straps or removal of the bolt prior to entering the show, and remain secured during the event. If it is necessary for the security strap to be removed to demonstrate the action of the gun, the firearm must be inspected before and after demonstration of the action, and the strap must then be replaced immediately – without exception.
  • No exhibitor may deliver a firearm to ANY buyer without the security strap.
  • All firearms brought to the show by the public will be inspected and secured by show staff- often local sworn law enforcement personnel – prior to the firearm being admitted into the show.

The last SAXET Gun Show at the Travis County Expo Center was held the last weekend in January. If a new contract is not agreed upon, eight proposed gun shows at the Travis County Expo Center from March 2014 to January 2015 will not happen.

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