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EXCLUSIVE: Crowds flock to final weekend of Saxet Trade Show at Expo Center

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This is the final weekend for the Saxet Trade Show at the Travis County Expo Center.

Media folks like us are not usually allowed inside gun shows but the Saxet Trade Show promoters gave only FOX 7 an exclusive look inside.
  
This week, Travis County decided not to renew the Saxet contract at the Expo Center -- because the county wanted to require background checks for all sales at the show...something Saxet founder Gus Cargile feels is impossible to do.

"I think if the commissioners would come down and see what we do and see how we police...they've already got their mind made up.  They don't want to change it.  But we could change it if they come down...that's all," Cargile said.

At Tuesday's commissioners court meeting, Hilary Rand with the Austin Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America summed up their stance in a nutshell.

"No one is suggesting background checks will stop all gun violence in Travis County.  But it's simply common sense to block as many illegal sales as possible and to keep guns out of the hands of those dangerous individuals who are already prohibited from purchasing guns under existing federal law," Rand said.

Steve Ou is an Austin gun store owner and longtime vendor at the Saxet Trade Show.

He says this week's media coverage has brought a lot of people in.

"The attendance is really, really high this weekend because of that.  I've had nothing but a lot of people saying 'we're glad to have the gun show here' and 'we're glad to see it here,'" Ou said.

Just because the gun show can't be at the Travis County Expo Center anymore doesn't mean it's dead.

The Saxet folks are looking for another property in or around Travis County so they can keep having the shows.

"I would hope that if it cannot be here that it could be somewhere else close within the proximity so it's good for me but it's also good for everyone that comes out here.  I've had customers that have come here to see me for the last 11 years and I would hate to see them not have a place to come talk to me at," Ou said.

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