- The Washington Times - Monday, January 13, 2014

The lease for a long-running gun show in Texas will not be renewed after both the show’s operator and Travis County refused to budge on background checks.

Saxet Gun Shows has been hosting the nearly-monthly show at the Exposition Center since 2010 and had been negotiating a new contract to last through next January. But Travis County leaders wanted the company to require background checks on all firearm purchases, including private sales.

Saxet refused, and on Tuesday, Travis County moved to let the contract expire, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

“If you use a public facility to sell guns, we really oughta have background checks done. Or don’t use the facility,” said County Judge Sam Biscoe, the chairman of the commissioners.


Saxet owner Todd Beiter told the newspaper that neither state nor federal law requires background checks on private sales, and “it is not really my job to infringe on anyone’s rights.”

The gun show will continue Jan. 25-26, as it was on a previous contract, the Statesman said.