"I can't see why anybody would oppose this."
Currently, anyone buying a gun from a licensed dealer at a gun show such as those in Fort Worth must go through a background check. The loophole is that in Texas and other states, private weapon sales at gun shows are allowed with no background checks. And those privately selling everything from ammunition to firearms may or may not be licensed sellers. Requiring the seven-day waiting period from gun shows would be one additional safety measure, Maxwell said.
The resolution also asked city leaders to study any action officials could take to protect local residents and families from gun violence.
"As a father of 3-year-old twins, the Sandy Hook massacre really brought home the dangers of guns in the wrong hands," said Jason Smith, a Fort Worth attorney and Democrat who proposed the resolution. "We need take common-sense action to keep Fort Worth families safe from gun violence."
As other Texas cities briefly entertained similar efforts, some concerns were voiced statewide that city officials don't have authority to regulate gun sales at gun shows held on city property.
State Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, recently filed House Bill 1030 to address that issue -- and give officials that power.
His measure gives elected officials the ability to "prohibit the sale of firearms on property owned or controlled by the municipality, other than the sale of firearms at a permanent retail store," the bill states.
"The fact of the matter is there are a lot of problems at those gun shows," Burnam said. "They are very popular but city governments should be able to control what happens there.
"This is something I've been concerned about for a long time," he said. "But the [Fort Worth] City Council has never been known for showing any leadership on any issue. Of course they will wait to act."
The most recent formal major gun show debate in Fort Worth was in 2000, when officials considered more controls on shows at city facilities.
Fort Worth officials talked for months about proposals such as encouraging federal lawmakers to require background checks at shows and restrict leasing of city facilities for shows so that only licensed dealers could sell firearms.
The measure failed and shows are still held on city property, generating thousands of dollars a year in city revenue.
Fort Worth has 12 shows scheduled at Will Rogers during the 2013 fiscal year, which ends in September.
Rental revenue to the city is a projected $212,500 for the year, and projected attendance is 116,000, city records show.
The Fort Worth Gun Show was last weekend. The Lone Star Gun Show is slated to run March 16-17.
At the Lone Star Gun Show on Dec. 22-23, 13,000 people attended. The Fort Worth Gun Show on Dec. 29-30 brought in 17,645 people, city records show.
"We are waiting to see what comes out of Washington, D.C., and what comes out of the Legislature," Fort Worth Councilman Sal Espino said. "It's prudent for us to wait."
Mayor Pro Tem W.B. "Zim" Zimmerman said he hasn't received emails or calls from constituents about this issue.
"This is a federal issue, or maybe a state issue," he said. "I'm going to let them sort it out."
But even if Congress passes a bill, some say they don't know if it will be enough.
"Any federal legislation which passes is unlikely to satisfy most gun-control advocates," said Mark P. Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston. "In order to get some Republicans and centrist Democrats on board, the federal legislation will likely be limited to areas where there is a reasonably strong consensus such as universal background checks, limits on high capacity magazines and better state-federal coordination in the sharing of mental-health data on those attempting to purchase firearms."
Elected leaders in cities ranging from Austin to Dallas have talked about imposing restrictions on gun shows held at their city-owned facilities. But they have backed down.
Efforts stalled in Travis County and Austin after Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott tweeted that "if Austin or Travis Co. try to ban gun shows they better be ready for a double-barreled lawsuit."
And while Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said earlier this year that city leaders should examine the lack of some background checks at gun shows held on city property, city staffers later said the mayor didn't mean he would propose a change in city ordinance.
Some maintain there is a state law in place that prevents elected city officials from restricting gun sales on publicly owned property.
That's why Burnam said he filed his bill, to give officials statewide definite authority to act.
Jones said he doesn't believe Burnam's bill will go far.
"The bill will find virtually no support among Republicans, nor even among many of Rep. Burnam's Democratic colleagues," he said.