Texas County Moves to Tighten Restrictions on Gun Shows

Thursday, January 10, 2013

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As the gun control debate heightens in coming weeks, one policy could be taking center stage: the gun show loophole.

State laws generally require background checks for customers purchasing guns in stores, but buying firearms at a gun show is considered a private sale, so background checks aren't required by law.

That's starting to mobilize some communities, like Travis County in Texas, to try to tighten up laws on gun shows. Travis County commissioner Sarah Eckhardt is leading the charge.


Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt

Produced by:

Joe Hernandez and Mythili Rao

Comments [3]

Susan Eckhardt, I disagree with your views. You are, of course, allowed to your opinion. I hope Dallas does not follow your lead.

Jan. 10 2013 01:09 PM
no name

there are many things wrong with your interview with the person who beleives that the NRA is soft on arming teachers. Basically, you did not challenge any of her opinions that were staated as facts. And, you allowed her to claim that semi-automatics can not be regulated because all weapons are basically semiautomatics because they shoot as fast as you can pull the trigger. WRONG. a semi does not have to be cocked, i.e., the hammer pulled back before the trigger can be pulled. Why do you think that police forces all changed from the revolvers that they all used to carry to the current semis most police forces carry? Because semiautomatics fire much, much faster.

You allow people such as her to disemble witthout any attempt to either require them to verify their opinions disquised as facts or challenging them in any meaningful manner.

Jan. 10 2013 11:38 AM
Angel from Miami, FL

Scenario 1: Angry student surprises armed teacher and removes his/her weapon. Then threatens, maims or kills the teacher and/or students.

Scenario 2: Armed faculty member is angered or threatened by fellow employee or student. Whereas before he/she would have verbally contained the disagreement or gone to an administrator might now resort to dangerous behavior.

Scenario 3: Armed outsider(s) enters school and attacks students/faculty. Suspect is met with individual armed teachers and crossfire ensues perhaps before students and unarmed faculty can be evacuated.

I can continue describing scenarios based on possible and probable factors. (Imagine what can happen on the field.) The reality is that schools everywhere need at least one FULL-TIME professional police OFFICER working INSIDE the school with a "police alarm" system to help them locate intruders.

In a country where universal healthcare is frowned upon by so many, I doubt we would set up a national or statewide system to identify (and possibly treat) folks with mental problems. I don't think it will stop the next challenged person who shoots their parents with their own legal firearm and then targets those who cannot defend themselves. That's a loophole big enough for the 800lb gorilla and his pet elephant.

Jan. 10 2013 10:04 AM

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