TRAVIS COUNTY -- Travis County Commissioners are discussing whether to ban gun shows from county property. The item listed as #22 on the Jan. 8 agenda was addressed just after 11 a.m. Tuesday.
County Judge Sam Biscoe listened to organizers who oversee the Travis County gun show and then opened the floor for public comments.
"My concern was and still is, Travis County is leasing its largest public building to a gun show multiple times a year," said Ed Scruggs, an advocate for banning guns in public places.
Scruggs says he brought the issue before commissioners in a meeting before Christmas.
"I came up here on a whim because I had to express my outrage and my horror at the mass killing of 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 children, ages six and seven were murdered," said Scruggs.
Judge Biscoe says since that meeting, he received dozens of emails from concerned citizens, asking him to put the item on the public agenda for consideration.
"My goal is to get the court to take action next Tuesday. Then the question is 'When's the effective date?' If a person has put down a deposit and done marketing, advertising, I think you would want to try to be fair to that person instead of just losing the money. Either we reimburse the person or find a way for the most immediate events to take place," said Judge Biscoe.