VIDEO: TABC considering proposal to sell alcohol at gun shows


POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 11:28am

UPDATED: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 2:02pm


Gun buyers could soon be able to grab a cold one while browsing the merchandise at gun shows in Texas.

The State Alcoholic Beverage Commission is considering the proposal.

But, the reaction is mixed.

For gun owner Chuck from Waxahachie, a gun show means a new scope for an AR-15.

"Man, you can do just about anything with an AR these days," said Chuck.

It seems like a modest purchase considering that inside he browsed 400 tables of merchandise. Like similar shows, this one boasted fire arms of every shape, finish and caliber. What you haven't been able to buy at the shows, though, is alcohol. But, that could change if new regulations are approved by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Chuck says he has seen accidents happen at previous events.

"I've been at a gun show where a gun has gone off before," claims Chuck.

Still, he's confident in the safety precautions at gun shows and doesn't think that alcohol service would makes them less safe.

"I don't think it would be too much of a problem," says Chuck. "They take pretty good care in these places to make sure meat heads don't get goofy with guns."

The TABC currently bans alcohol during gun shows, even during setup and breakdown.

Proposed changes would allow drinks to be sold if live ammo is banned, firearms are disabled, and buyers can't take ownership of new weapons right away.

But, some have resevations.

"I think it makes sense to not have both together," said one concerned citizen. "You know you're not supposed to drink and drive and a car can be considered a weapon in the wrong hands."

And some families, introducing young ones to the hobby, see the addition of alcohol as problematic.

Before the issue goes to a vote, the TABC asking for the public to weigh in on the potential changes.

If the new regulations are passed, a written agreement between the venue owner and the gun show operator must be approved by the TABC a month in advance before alcohol can be served.

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