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First the county, now the city of Austin is also taking a look gun show restrictions and how to prevent shootings like the one in Newtown Connecticut from happening here in Austin.

Now that the holidays are over and city officials are back to work. They're not wasting any time discussing what they can legally do to keep gun shows off city property. This while getting a very public warning from the state.

"What can we do to make a difference in the culture that we have just for the safety of children?" That is the question council member Laura Morrison says city officials need to ask themselves following the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut last month.

It's a discussion some of her peers will take up during a meeting next week.

"I want to make sure that our discussion on Tuesday talks about all the facets safety, and responsible gun ownership," Morrison said.

Morrison says her staff is looking into whether there are state laws addressing how privately owned guns and other weapons are stored, or how accessible they can be to minors or those without permits.

"If there isn't a state law and we have the authority to do a municipal law then yeah I think we should look at that," she said.

Back in the 90's Morrison says the city began implementing a gun show policy requiring back ground checks if the shows were held in a city facility.

Currently there are no gun shows held at any city facility, but they are sometimes held at the county's Expo Center and the center sits on city owned land.

Mike Martinez, who declined an interview, says he's asked the city's legal department to look at how to restrict guns shows on city property- should county commissioners decide to keep them at the Expo Center.

All that talk has Attorney General Greg Abbott making some pretty public threats. He tweeted Tuesday night "if Austin or Travis County try to ban gun shows they better be ready for a double-barreled lawsuit."

His office did not commit on the issue Wednesday.

Martinez says Abbott has every right to pursue whatever legal means he has available.

In the meantime council members will continue to monitor what steps the county will take on the issue next week.

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