After failing to reach an agreement on county demands that all gun sales include federal background checks, a popular gun show in Austin Texas will be ending this January.
The Saxet Gun Shows in Travis County have been a regular fixture once a month since 2010. In the wake of Newtown massacre, commissioners required all participants perform free federal criminal background checks according to a report from the Austin American-Statesman.
But the event’s creators refused to allow the background checks and the show was canceled.
According to the Statesman:
[box type=”shadow”]The background checks would have affected a small subset of gun show sales, estimated to be about 10 percent. Federally-licensed firearms sellers are already required to run a criminal background check to make sure the buyer is not a felon or otherwise ineligible to buy a gun. But private sales — a person trying to sell a gun from his or her collection — don’t come with the background check requirement. County officials wanted to ensure background checks for those sales, too.[/box]
Todd Beiter, who is the owner of Saxet Gun Shows, told The Statesman that neither state nor federal law requires background checks by private sellers, adding that he didn’t want to “infringe on anyone’s rights.”
Tuesday’s developments come more than a year after local activists tried to stop the gun show from continuing in the weeks after the Sandy Hook shooting — in the midst of a divisive national debate about gun control and the so-called “gun show loophole,” which allows private citizens to sell firearms at shows without running the background checks required of licensed dealers.
But according to some, Tuesday’s developments were different because gun shows are an unusual event to hold at the government-owned Expo Center and extra requirements should have been in place — such as requiring background checks.