TABC proposes alcohol be allowed at gun shows

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new proposal put forth by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission would allow alcohol to be served during gun shows.

Under current rules, alcohol service and consumption is not allowed during gun shows held at a TABC-licensed venue.

Allowing alcohol sales at the event would come with certain stipulations, including:

  • a requirement that prohibits live ammunition in the building or the facility where the licensed premises is located;
  • a requirement that firearms be disabled and not readily convertible for use; and
  • a requirement that prohibits the delivery of any firearm inside the building or facility where the licensed premises is located.

“We got a request from a gun club in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to amend the rules,” said TABC spokeswoman Carolyn Beck.

The Texas affiliate of the National Rifle Association said it had nothing to do with the request. The Texas State Rifle Association is still reviewing the proposal, said Alice Tripp, the group’s legislative director. She called it “confusing” and questioned whether gun advocates would want to attend gun shows with such restrictions.

“Does that make any sense? Who would buy a gun at a gun show where you couldn’t take possession of it?” she asked.

“Nobody is interested in selling alcohol at a gun show,” Tripp added.

TABC will hold a 30-day public comment period before any change is made. A public hearing will be held Aug. 19 at TABC headquarters in Austin at 1:30 p.m., and comments about the proposed change can also be submitted online.

Read the full proposal here.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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