Gun show beer sales draw backlash from gun groups

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Days after word got out about proposed new rules to allow alcohol at gun shows in Texas, one of the biggest gun rights advocates say the change is not needed.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission says it would allow beer sales at the shows as long as there is no live ammunition, no gun transfers, and all guns are disabled and not readily convertible for use.

But, Alice Tripp with the Texas State Rifle Association says the rules aren’t fixing any problem and they’ll create a much bigger headache.

“The rules have nothing to do with alcohol sales,” Tripp said. She says most gun show organizers would see beer sales as a liability more than a benefit.

Instead, Tripp argues it would shut down every gun show in Texas. Still, she thinks there could be a change to the rules calling what TABC proposed a “work in progress.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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