Texas Governor Rick Perry Losing Right to Concealed Carry and Buy AmmoSubmitted by Marc Clair on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:47
This past weekend Texas Governor Rick Perry – our old friend from our days of live tweeting every GOP debate in 2012 – was indicted on charges that he abused his official capacity as governor and of coercion of a public servant. I don’t intend to dwell on the charges themselves. Rick Perry may be corrupt, but it’s hard to imagine he’s much more corrupt than your average “public servant”, and considering the overall coercive nature of our present governmental system, it seems odd to focus on the specific actions of one governor. Even Ron Paul – a frequent critic of Perry and government corruption in general – has called the indictment “a joke” and believes it to be politically motivated.
Austin Statesman at Rare points out that the indictment does have some immediate consequences for the Texas Governor – before he is even able to launch a defense. In accordance with Federal law, Perry will legally lose his concealed carry license as well as his right to purchase ammunition. Statesman explains:
It’s right there in federal law, specifically the federal law known as 18 USC 922(n), and I quote:
“It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person (1) is under indictment for, or has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.”
Thanks to last week’s indictment, your fun-with-guns governor is now in that category.
For those of you who’ve been sleeping since it happened Friday, Travis County grand jurors indicted Perry on charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. The first count carries a possible prison term of five to 99 years. The second, two to 10. I’m no expert on law or math, but I believe those potential sentences each exceed one year.
And there’s more. As an indictee, Perry’s state-issued Concealed Handgun License, assuming he still has one — his office didn’t know as of Tuesday afternoon — will be suspended until the case against him is decided.
Undoubtedly many of Perry’s opponents on the left will be squealing in delight at the news that the gun-loving Texan will lose at least a portion of his gun rights, but this should be disturbing to those concerned with individual rights. Effectively, federal law is requiring that one who has been indicted, but has not been found guilty yet, can be punished with infringement upon his 2nd amendment rights even before he has stood trial. This is in complete disregard to the principles of due process.