Austin is a liberal blue pimple on the derriere of the red state of Texas. Don't know exactly how that happened, unless the university ( "The University" to the effete rich kids who use Daddy's money to attend ) there has over the years turned into an ersatz Ivy League bastion of liberalism.
Actually, I believe the situation was self-imposed by the organizers of the show in response to local neighborhood do-gooders; reports are that the BATFags had nothing to so with the requirement.
TSRA Life Member
Excerpt from the Texas State Rifle Association -
TSRA continues to receive reports that the Austin Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives attempted to stop all private firearm transactions at an Austin gun show last weekend.
This is due to a decision reached in a Thursday meeting attended by law enforcement agencies, property owners and managers, and the gun show promoter in question and resulted in a self-imposed regulation and not due to a change in city, state, or federal regulations.
Any such city ordinance could violate the state's firearms preemption law.
The Texas State Rifle Association, in conjunction with the NRA, will continue to research and investigate this matter--including examining whether this venue was unfairly targeted as a nuisance by local police or federal enforcement agencies.
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