Here’s a headline designed to freak out every anti-gun liberal:
Texas could start allowing alcohol sales at gun shows provided they don’t allow live ammunition or let buyers take possession of their weapons at the events.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission announced the proposal Friday. It will hold a 30-day public comment period before any change is made.
The proposal also would require that firearms being shown for sale be disabled and not readily convertible for use.
Under current rules, if a gun show is held at a venue licensed to sell alcohol, drinks sales and consumption are suspended during the time it takes to set up, conduct and dismantle the gun show.
“We got a request from a gun club in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to amend the rules,” said agency spokeswoman Carolyn Beck.
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, said Alice Tripp, 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 asked.
“Nobody is interested in selling alcohol at a gun show,” Tripp added.
Not everyone visits a gun show to buy a gun. There are friends, spouses, people who buy books, gun-related paraphernalia, civil war stuff, beef jerky, etc. So why not sell them some brewskies?
It’s also unlikely that anyone is going to have a gun accident because they had a glass of beer. There’s an Oklahoma gun range where you can have a beer after shooting your guns, but not before.
On the other hand, do we really want to invite more regulation from the ATF? Is this the kind of publicity we’re looking for? As much as I wish we had a constitutional right to self-ownership (which would protect drug use, alcohol, smoking, and anything that is a private choice that harms nobody but the individual), we do not have one. Every time you serve alcohol you invite regulation, it’s bad enough that our right to keep and bear arms is already regulated at the State and Federal level, do we want to attract more attention with booze? Something that isn’t a right? I’m not sure.