Skip to comments.Travis County Texas To Discuss Banning Gun Shows
Posted on 01/07/2013 5:04:47 AM PST by grobdriver
Driving in to work today I heard the KLBJ 590 boys discussing the latest in the Left's attack on the Second Amendment.
From their web site:
Officials to discuss banning gun shows from city and county owned facilities
Officials with Travis county and the city of Austin will discuss whether or not they want to ban weapons shows from city and county owned facilities. Travis county resident Ed Scruggs tells commissioners he thinks he's not against gun shows, but thinks they should not happen in publicly owned facilities following the tragic school shooting in Connecticut, "We have the power to do something about this issue. We can't do much, but by stopping it's just a small pebble in the pond, but it's a start."
Travis county commissioners are set to discuss the issue at 11:00 tomorrow morning.
I heard the news today on KLBJ that the Travis county commissioners are considering stopping gun shows in Travis county public facilities.
I write to urge you to stand against this idea as a discriminatory action against people who view firearms the same as others view crafts, quilting, or the equestrian sport.
The vast majority of gun show dealers are FFL licensed individuals who either do their business wholely at gun shows, or use gun shows to extend their brick and mortar business, and as such their sales are required by law to use the NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) during a transaction.
Very few people will spend $100 or more for a table at a gun show to sell their $800 firearm.
By implementing such a ban you would only deprive legal dealers of exposure to their commodity, and legal buyers their opportunity to see and shop in a condensed environment (kind of like an outlet mall).
You would also deprive Travis county of quite a large sum of sale tax dollars.
And in the end, you would accomplish nothing towards gun crime since criminals who cannot pass a NICS check either steal their weapons or buy them on the street.
What you contemplate is wrong-headed and possibly illegal (discriminatory).
Now get out there and sic 'em!
Window dressing !
Mental health is the issue, not gun shows.
So he seeks to deprive a sizable percentage of the population from using public facilities they help pay for.
Mental health is especially an issue it the People's Republic of Austin!
That’s fine. Williamson County will take the gun show revenue. Travis county and Austin can concentrate on taxing patchouli and tie dye t-shirts.
The real issue is that the government elite want to control us, and we have millions of entitlement freaks, who don’t want to work and want to do lots of crack, and need cold hard money. Mental Health is also window dressing.
Yes, the “Keep Austin Weird” t-shirts are not just BS.
The San Francisco of Texas.
And who is Ed Scruggs and why is he important? Why not a quote from a citizen on the other side of the issue, too?
Travis county resident Ed Scruggs tells commissioners he thinks he’s not against gun shows,
BS. He is against gun shows.
What do gun shows have to do with what happened in Connecticut?
An evil sick person killed other human beings. In a school. Not at a gun show. Not because of a gun show.
And don’t forget the purple hair.
A friend of mine sells real estate in Austin.
He said thee is a huge influx of people from California and New York moving into Austin every week. IIRC it’s something around 500/week.
Anyone who thought Austin was a pack of left wing freak shows before haven’t seen anything yet.
“...he thinks he’s not against gun shows...”
He thinks; therefore, he is a shitzleftist against 2nd Amendment and guns. Banned from public facilities, then a total ban, more progressive incrementalism. This has got to be stopped cold.
“From my cold, dead hands...”—Charlton Heston
They might want to look at what happened when Houston. Tried the same thing a few years back. Bottom line: Courts all said no, Houston had to pay out millions to gun show organizers, state was not amused.
Texas has a state supremacy and exclusivity clause in the state constitution that says that only the state legislature may regulate anything having to do with arms. The locals cannot do squat about it.
Liberals love empty gestures.
Why don’t they ban selling guns to criminals?
This is a coordinated, liberal effort, folks!
The same effort is being attempted in Pennsylvania. A caller tried to corner our governor on a talk radio show with the same proposal (ban gun shows at state-owned facilites).
The left is working its magic behind the scenes.
I expect this will be on of President Obama’s list of unilateral proposals....banning gun shows at any facility that received federal funds.
“Travis County Texas To Discuss Banning Gun Shows”
Huh, never heard of a shooting spree at a gun show, or gun shop for that matter..........Weird.
Travis County bows to KneeJERK reactions from communist liberals is more like it. The sissies whine, complain and oversensationalize everything on the Internet because they are part of the “look at me, won’t somebody please look at me because I’m pathetic generation.
They need to relook at the TEXAS DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE and see why they broke away from Mexico.
From the TEXAS Declaration of Independence from Mexico..
It has demanded us to deliver up our arms, which are essential to our defence, the rightful property of freemen, and formidable only to tyrannical governments.
THE RIGHTFUL PROPERTY OF FREEMEN! Even Texas understood it!
“Huh, never heard of a shooting spree at a gun show, or gun shop for that matter..........Weird.”
Actually some gang bangers tried robbing a gun shop in Yakima, WA years back. Turns out the 4 off duty cops there at the time and the gun shop owner had better aim. Still some bullet holes in the concrete support beams a decade later.
San Antonio already has 2 gun shows a month. If Austin bans them it’ll just mean we get to have one every weekend.
Williamson County Bump!
The funny thing was that Houston fought it in state courts, then when they got shut down there, they moved it to Federal court. Specifically, the Fifth Circuit - who issued one of the shortest ‘major case’ decisions I have ever seen. This was the last word on it, and it came from the 5th: ftp://opinions.ca5.uscourts.gov/pub/98/98-20497.CV0.wpd.pdf
Best of all, when Houston then went begging the next legislature for financial aid to plug the resulting gaping hole in their budget, they were singularly unsuccessful. Who knew that the legislature is not amused when a city tries to usurp powers reserved to the legislature and only the legislature by the Texas Constitution? (Everyone BUT the idiots in Houston city government, apparently.)
So, yes, Austin, please, do ban gun shows. There’s precedent now - all you will accomplish is a huge hole in the city budget, you’ll have to reinstate the gun shows and you’ll lose a ton of revenue besides. Less money to spend on hippie liberal crap. :P
I live in Williamson County and have to make the dreaded trek every day to Travis County for work. The only thing that prevents central Texas from being the perfect place to live is Travis County, the Austin City Council, and the nut jobs that seem to be running here for jobs and bringing their f’ed up liberal belief system with them. My office is full of people from California, the NE, and even one liberal canuck. It sit in amazement and bite my tongue listening the the absolutely uninformed and stupid conversations I overhear.
I call “the city of Austin” the city of Austism”. They spend money on the dumbest things. Worse than uncle Sam believe it or not.
BTW, there was ONE person who went to the silly council meeting and complained. Not a group, but one individual.
I try to limit my travel and spending range to Round Rock usually go no farther south on 35 than the 45 interchange.. I’ll gladly spend the 130 toll money to bypass Austin when going south to shop at Cabelas. Austin is a frikkin’ cesspool and a traffic nightmare to boot.
William Barret Travis must be spinning in his grave, poor awld sod.
Paging Texas. Clean-up in Travis County.
Texans to discuss banning Travis County.
But leftists will try to "do squat" on the Constitution any time they have an opportunity.
My daughter, grandson and son-in-law lived in Hutto. They were transferred to DC. Son-in-law is a corporate attorney.
Wished they were back in Texas. Have been to visit them in Northern Virginia and I simply do not belong in that mess.
I am blessed though, kids are all conservative. Almost as conservative as I am, but not quite.
I get up each morning and look out my front door here in the middle of the “big nothing” as the folks in Dallas call it, and tell myself that this is Still Texas where I live. hee hee hee
And it is. Some of my ancestors were born in TX during the Republic. More came to TX during reconstruction after the Civil War. Some of those were burned out of Alabama for resisting the occupation. Those echoes can still be heard reverberating here.
Not since Reconstruction has the corruption and open lawlessness been this bad in the Federal Government. Very bad times ahead.
But this is Still Texas where I live and it will remain so.
And let me remind you that there are POLs here who see this just like we do.
example: AG Gregg Abbott (he is the one with the balls)
We need him for governor the next time.
example: AG Gregg Abbott (he is the one with the balls)
We need him for governor the next time.
I saw Gregg Abbott at a fund raiser after the elections in November. I got the impression that he is running for governor in 2014.
If he does, he has my vote.
I call the city of Austin the city of Austism.
That’s what I thought the first (and last) time I visited there. All the people, adults and children, had to wear helmets to ride a bicycle. The only time I had seen that many adults and children wearing helmets was in a “state school”.