Gun Shows and Beer, a Toxic Mix?

Gun Shows and Beer, a Toxic Mix?

Well, looks like my great state of Texas has officially gone off its rocker! That takes a lot for me to say because I am Texan through and through, but really, what I’m about to tell you is just plain silly.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has announced a proposal that would permit the sale of alcohol at gun shows, which is currently banned even during setup and breakdown.

I just have to interject here. I don’t see any good that can come from this. All I see in my mind is someone getting drunk, deciding to load a gun at a show and start firing it off. I mean, come on, we see similar acts when people drink one too many and then think they can operate a 4,000 lb. machine, so they get behind the wheel of their vehicle and kill an innocent person.

If this proposal is approved and for alcoholic beverages to be sold:

  • Live ammunition would have to be banned;
  • Firearms would have to be disabled; 
  • Buyers could not immediately take ownership of new weapons; and
  • A written agreement between the venue owner and gun show operator would have to be approved at least 30 days in advance of the gun show.

Some Texans are responding that it doesn’t make sense to have both guns and alcohol together while others are saying that alcohol service would not make gun shows any less safe.

The public has 30 days to comment on this rather ludicrous proposal (if I do say so myself) so it’s time to hear from all of you!

Alcohol and guns. Do they mix?

Do you think it would be a good idea to serve alcohol at gun shows? Or, do you agree that alcohol has no place at this event?

As always, I look forward to your reactions, thoughts, opinions, ideas.

Posted by Ginger Hill on Aug 11, 2014

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