MESQUITE (WFAA) — A proposal announced Friday by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission would permit the sale of alcohol at gun shows.
Before it goes to a vote, the state agency has set aside 30 days for public comment on the potential changes.
During the first day of the Mesquite Rodeo Gun Show, opinions among gun enthusiasts were mixed.
"I think it makes sense to not have both together," said Dallas resident Brian Gaines. "You're not supposed to drink and drive; a car can be considered a weapon in the wrong hands."
The TABC currently bans alcohol during gun shows, even during setup and breakdown.
Proposed changes would permit drinks to be sold if:
- live ammunition is banned
- firearms are disabled
- buyers can't take ownership of new weapons right away
For "Chuck" from Waxahachie, Saturday's gun show meant a new scope for an AR-15. It's a modest purchase considering 400 tables boast firearms of every shape, finish, and caliber.
He's confident in the safety precautions at gun shows, and doesn't think that alcohol service would makes them less safe.
"I don't think it would be too much of a problem. They take pretty good care in these places to make sure 'meatheads' don't get goofy with guns," Chuck explained.
But some families, introducing young ones to the hobby, see the addition of alcohol as problematic.
"I don't think they mix together," Said Brian Gandare. "It's not good, kids around... there are people who get too crazy with alcohol."
If the new regulations are passed, a written agreement between the venue owner and the gun show operator must be approved by the TABC one month in advance before alcohol can be served.