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TABC requests public input on proposed rule change regarding alcohol sales at gun shows.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is requesting public input on proposed amendments to TABC Administrative Rule 36.1 related to certain activities on TABC-licensed premises, including gun shows, the sale of firearms, historical re-enactments, and ceremonial display of firearms. These proposed rules were published in the Texas Register today, August 8, 2014, and a 30-day public comment period starts now.

Read the discussion on the proposed changes of the Gun Rule.

Under current rules, if a gun show is held at a TABC-licensed venue, alcohol service and consumption must be suspended during the gun show including time required for set-up and dismantling of the gun show.

TABC is proposing changes that would allow alcohol service to continue throughout the gun show if certain requirements are met. Under the proposed change, there must be a written agreement approved by the commission 30 days prior to the gun show and the agreement includes the following:
  (A) a requirement that prohibits live ammunition in the building or the facility where the licensed premises is located;
  (B) a requirement that firearms be disabled and not readily convertible for use; and
  (C) a requirement that prohibits the delivery of any firearm inside the building or facility where the licensed premises is located.

The proposed rule does not address facilities that choose to suspend alcohol sales during the gun show. TABC expects to receive comments specific to this issue and will re-examine it before finalizing any changes.

The agency invites comments on these proposed rules. TABC will hold a public hearing to receive oral comments on the proposed amendments on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in the commission meeting room at TABC headquarters located at 5806 Mesa Drive in Austin, Texas.

Comments may be submitted in writing to Martin Wilson, Assistant General Counsel, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, at P.O. Box 13127, Austin, Texas 78711-3127 or by fax to (512) 206-3280. They may also be submitted via e-mail.

The official 30-day comment period ends on Monday, September 8, 2014.

Contact: Carolyn Beck, Director of Communications, 512-206-3347 or