AUSTIN (KXAN) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says on his Twitter page that he's prepared to go to court to prevent local officials from banning gun shows at local venues.
"If Austin or Travis Co. try to ban gun shows they better be ready for a double-barreled lawsuit," the state's top lawyer Tweeted late Tuesday .
He linked to local media reports that the Austin City Council and the Travis County Commissioners Court are considering dropping guns shows from facilities owned by public entities in their jurisdictions.
Earlier Tuesday, county commissioners discussed banning guns shows at the Travis County Expo Center. County Judge Sam Biscoe said the discussion arose because of deadly shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. They put off any action on the matter at least until next week.
"These mass shootings in too many areas make you wonder," said Biscoe. "Don't we have too many guns?"
In an interview on Thursday, Abbott said state law would trump any action taken by local governments.
Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt raised several questions about the background check process at an event where assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons are sold. While federally certified dealers are required to get background checks, they are not required for face-to-face sales between individuals.
Both Biscoe and Eckhardt are Democrats. Abbott is a Republican.
Family and friends held a vigil Wednesday at the State Capitol in hopes that a Bastrop man can win a new trial.
An unusually cold blast of arctic air arriving early Thursday will be followed by an increasing chance of freezing drizzle/rain and sleet by Friday morning.
The HealthCare.gov website is working more smoothly for central Texans.
City leaders in West Lake Hills discussed the ongoing concern with the city's water system Wednesday night. The problems arise when water is needed most; fighting fires.
Federal, state and local authorities on Wednesday arrested 15 people and seized 70 firearms in raid on a methamphetamine operation based in Burnet County.
Former Georgetown Police Officer Stephanie Brown said her ex-boyfriend, former Round Rock Officer Eric Poteet, made up accusations against her after she broke up with him.