Saxet Gun Shows have been held nearly every month since 2010 at an Austin, Texas-area exposition center, but that’s ending after this month.
Travis County commissioners voted not to renew Saxet’s lease for the county’s expo center, ending weeks of negotiations for shows that would have spanned over the next year, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
The reason? County officials wanted Saxet to require background checks for all firearm sales, including those from private sellers.
Saxet refused, neither side budged, so the show at the expo center is coming to an end.
The American-Statesman reported that background checks would have affected about 10 percent of gun show sales, adding that federally-licensed firearms sellers are already required to run criminal background checks to make sure buyers aren’t felons or otherwise ineligible to buy guns.
But private sales — a person trying to sell a gun from his or her collection — don’t come with the background check requirement, the American-Statesman said. County officials wanted to close the so-called “gun-show loophole” and require background checks for those sales as well.
Todd Beiter, owner of Saxet Gun Shows, told the American-Statesman that neither state nor federal law requires background checks by private sellers, and “it is not really my job to infringe on anyone’s rights.”
Source: The Blaze