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A look back on this week's gun show issues

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As we first told you yesterday, Travis county judge, Sam Biscoe, says he is no longer moving forward with the idea of banning and regulating gun shows on county owned property.

                That's because the county attorney says they don't have the authority to keep them from happening at the expo center.

                This, just days after the city and then the county announced their intention to do so.


                Last Saturday, Fox 7 learned that Austin city council member, Mike Martinez, is spear heading a move to look at banning and or regulating gun shows on city owned property.

                Compelled by the Sandy Hook elementary school shootings, city leaders want to do what they can to curb gun violence.


                On Tuesday, Travis county commissioners followed suit.

                But when they heard from the public during citizen communication, most were against the ban.

                Land commissioner, Jerry Patterson, told Fox 7 the move was pointless and a knee jerk reaction.

                The man responsible for the state's concealed weapons law said this move was a way for politicians to say they were taking an active stand against gun violence.

                Patterson went on to say if local elected officials wanted to make real change, they would look at issues like the lack of mental health care in Austin and the state.



                Tuesday night, the state's top attorney echoed the land commissioner's warning and took it one step further.

                Attorney general, Greg Abbott, tweeted that if the city or the county went ahead with a gun show ban, they better be ready for a double barreled lawsuit from the state.



              Despite the warning, city council members continued working to see how they can legally keep gun shows off city property.


                Then on Friday, Fox 7 first reported the county judge's decision to not go forward with a ban and or regulating gun shows.

                County commissioners and city council members are expected to meet Tuesday for more discussion on this controversial topic.


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