The Texas board that oversees alcohol rules is considering allowing alcohol sales at venues that host gun shows, it said Friday.
Current state law requires venues to suspend alcohol sales and consumption during a gun show, including time it takes to set up and dismantle the event. But the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has proposed rules allowing service to continue in some circumstances.
Venues that are allowed to sell alcohol would be required to prohibit live ammunition in the facility during gun shows, and that any firearms be disabled. Vendors at gun shows would be prohibited from delivering a firearm to a customer if alcohol is being served anywhere in the venue.
The proposed rule would not prohibit anyone carrying a concealed weapon, with the appropriate permit, from entering the premises where alcohol is sold. The commission said the proposal wouldn’t change anything for alcohol-licensed venues that nonetheless choose to suspend sales on their own.
The commission began considering the rules change after a gun club requested a second look, a TABC spokeswoman told the Texas Tribune. The Tribune said groups lobbying for open-carry laws were forced to leave their guns outside the Texas Republican Party’s convention recently because alcohol was being served.
The TABC will hear testimony on the proposed measures at a public hearing next week, and citizens have until Sept. 8 to offer comments.