What Could Go Wrong? Texas Officials Propose Selling Booze At Gun Shows
The Texas agency that regulates alcohol sales is considering a rule change that would allow alcohol to be served at gun shows, as long as all the guns are disabled and there is no live ammunition on the premises, The Texas Tribune reports.
For some reason, freedom means alcohol and guns together. There are rules in place and thankfully we know that people that drink never, ever break rules. Not ever. For example, people never drink and drive.
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 explained that the proposed rule change was considered after a gun club asked for a reconsideration of the ban. Beck said the commission took a closer look, and 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.”
According to the Associated Press, the Texas affiliate of the National Rifle Association said it had nothing to do with the request. The Texas State Rifle Association is still reviewing the proposal, Alice Tripp said, the group’s legislative director. She called it “confusing” and questioned whether gun advocates would want to attend gun shows with such restrictions. “Does that make any sense? Who would buy a gun at a gun show where you couldn’t take possession of it?” she remarked. “Nobody is interested in selling alcohol at a gun show,” Tripp added.
Not true. I was specifically told several times last night and this morning on Twitter that this should not be a problem because an unloaded gun will not load itself and it’s an inanimate object. Because guns don’t drink.
Because if it’s not intentional, it’s OK.
My point is, after dozens upon dozens of tweets which were sent to me, apparently not all gun owners object to this proposed rule change.