The city of Austin and Travis County Texas will not wait for the Obama administration and Congress to outlaw gun shows. Officialdom in the city and county are preparing to pass legislation that will outlaw gun shows not only on public property, but private property as well, according to The American Statesman.
KEYE-TV reports that the ban will not prevent citizens from purchasing guns. However, Austin Council Member Mike Martinez told The Statesman citizens do not have the right to organize and hold gun shows on private property.
“Gun shows allow people with criminal records to purchase a firearm without undergoing a background check,” OpposingViews reports today. “These proposed laws would close that loophole by banning gun shows altogether.”
The Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 allows federally licensed firearms dealers to transfer firearms at gun shows provided they follow the provisions of the Gun Control Act of 1968 and other pertinent federal regulations.