No decision reached on Travis County's gun show

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by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on January 7, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 7 at 4:00 PM

AUSTIN -- After months of discussion Travis County commissioners were unable to reach a decision regarding the future of the Saxet Gun Show.

The promoter's contract with the Travis County Expo Center will expire at the end of January if he does not take steps to negotiate the controversial issue of background checks.

Commissioners were considering altering Saxet's contract to implement background checks for customers, not vendors, who want to sell their guns to each other at the show.

County Leaders tell KVUE that a community group raised the initial interest in changing the policy. Criticism of gun shows rose nationwide following mass shootings like the ones at Virginia Tech University and Sandy Hook Elementary School.

After executive session and public comment from both sides, County Judge Sam Biscoe proposed that the court suspend negotiations until Saxet agrees to address county interests. That motion was not seconded.

Commissioner Gerald Daugherty raised a motion asking that Saxet's contract remain as is. That motion was not seconded.

No decision was reached. Unless Saxet shows interest in continuing its relationship with the Travis County Expo Center by the end of March, Judge Biscoe says the county will have to find another place for the show's eight dates. He adds the contract with Saxet is for $100,000 for each show in 2013.

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