The Saxet Gun Show will be held in late March at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park and Events Center in Hays County. Officials in Dripping Springs, which owns the center just west of Austin, are not requiring additional background checks, according to a report by the Austin American-Statesman ( http://bit.ly/1ptpNgT).
"I've talked to local law enforcement—our constable and county sheriff—county commissioners, City Council members, the mayor . and nobody has expressed any concerns about the event," center coordinator Lynne Dickinson said.
The monthly show was previously held at the Travis County Exposition Center east of Austin. But Saxet and Travis County officials did not sign a contract to continue.
Federally licensed firearm sellers are already required to run criminal checks, but private sales by nonlicensed dealers don't come with the requirement. County officials wanted to ensure the private sales were covered, too.
The distinction has come to be known as the "gun show loophole," cited as a way for criminals to get their hands on firearms.
Saxet owner Todd Beiter said he couldn't enforce something that state and federal law doesn't require.
Beiter estimated 10 to 15 percent of sales at Saxet gun shows go through nonlicensed dealers, so the buyers don't undergo background checks. He also said the show has never had problems and that people who want to buy firearms illegally don't come to gun shows.
Travis County's disagreement with Saxet became public in January after commissioners did not sign a contract with the company. That also came amid intense lobbying from Saxet and its supporters as well as local gun-control activists.
The county gave up $114,000 in revenue for eight shows from March to January when the two sides failed to reach an agreement.
Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com