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Cities and Counties Around the Nation Looking to Ban Gun Shows

by S.H. Blannelberry,  |  published on January 14, 2013

Leaders in a number of cities and counties around the nation are looking to ban gun shows in their respective jurisdictions in the aftermath of the Newtown elementary school shooting.

Officials in the city of Austin, TX, and Travis County are considering a proposal that would prohibit gun shows on city and county owned land, at city and county facilities and maybe even on private property within city limits, according to the American-Statesman.

If passed, the proposal would primarily affect gun shows held at the Travis County Exposition Center, which is located on city property and has a long-term lease with the county.

Officials told the American-Statesman that eight gun-shows are scheduled at the popular venue through 2013 and that the county is expected to generate $128,000 from those shows. They are unclear as to what will happen to those contracts if the gun-show ban is passed.

City council member Mike Martinez told that “there is a broad national conversation about curbing gun violence,” and he thinks the city has a responsibility “to do everything we can do.

As a subcommittee prepares to review the proposal and hear opinions from the Mayor’s staff and the police chief next Tuesday, Martinez tried to offer assurance that the intention of the proposal isn’t to curtail the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

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