Sarah Coppola and Tony Plohetski
January 6, 2013
City of Austin and Travis County officials plan to take steps to ban gun shows on city- and county-owned property — and potentially even curtail them on private property within the city limits, the American-Statesman has learned.
Less than a month after the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting that killed 26 students and staff, Council Member Mike Martinez said he and at least two other council members are considering bringing to a vote this month their unprecedented proposal.
The measure would primarily affect several well-attended gun shows typically held at the Travis County Exposition Center as well as any other city-owned property.
The city owns the land on which the expo center is located, while the county has a long-term lease for the facility.