Would You Support Alcohol Being Sold at Gun Shows? [POLL]
As of right now, alcohol can’t be sold at gun shows. That could change in the future though is proposed rules pass. Under the new rules according to the Texas Tribune, the policy would allow for alcohol to be sold if live ammunition isn’t around.
Under current rules, venues licensed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission must suspend alcohol sales and drinking during gun shows, including during setup and dismantling of the shows. The proposed change, which was announced Friday and is open to public comments for 30 days, would allow locations that are owned or leased by government or nonprofit organizations, and which only show or display guns “occasionally,” to to sell alcohol during those events as long as they meet three conditions: There can be no live ammunition in the facility; all guns must be “disabled and not readily convertible for use,” and no guns sold can be delivered to buyers on the premises.
The proposed rule would also allow alcohol sales at historical reenactments that involve firearms, as long as the firearms are historically accurate and kept unloaded or loaded with blanks.
Commission spokeswoman Carolyn Beck said the proposed rule change was prompted when a gun club approached the commission and asked for a reconsideration of the ban. When the commission took a closer look, she said, it concluded that “if there wasn’t going to be any live ammunition, and the guns on display would be disabled, and they didn’t transfer weapons to people there where the drinks were, then that wasn’t such a big public safety risk.”
What do you think? Should alcohol be sold at gun shows?