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Politician proposes Fort Worth gun show restrictions

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Tarrant County's Democratic Party leader wants Fort Worth city leaders to create tighter restrictions on gun shows.

Stephen Maxwell proposed three rules for any gun show within city limits: each show must require background checks, establish a seven-day waiting period and ensure anyone selling a gun is a licensed dealer. He believes these restrictions will help keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them.

"If you're a convicted felon, if you're a domestic abuser, if you've got a history of mental illness," Maxwell said, "then these little common sense restrictions are going to keep you from getting a gun as easily as you can right now."

Maxwell will face hurdles trying to get the regulations passed, since this type of policy doesn't match up with federal and state laws. He's counting on State Representative Lon Burnam, who just introduced a bill that would give cities the power to regulate who sells guns in their city limits.

Some local gun owners say for law abiding people, the regulations would be no problem. But one man said he wouldn't support every rule.

"The background check I believe in. The waiting period, that's fine," Mike Long, gun owner, said. "But cutting out individuals' right to sell their guns in a gun show - that part of it I wouldn't be for."

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