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Texas Governor Rick Perry Losing Right to Concealed Carry and Buy Ammo

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.

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I Did Not Read Or Interpret the Federal Statute That Way

18 USC, Chapter 44, Section 922 ("Unlawful Acts"), paragraph(n) (see: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2012-title18/html/USCODE... ) states:

"It shall be unlawful for any person who is under indictment for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year to ship or transport in interstate or foreign commerce any firearm or ammunition or receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce." .

The person charged with the unlawful act would be that individual who is under indictment and engages in interstate or foreign commerce of firearms or ammunition. If Governor Perry does not involve himself in such activities his 2nd amendment rights are not barred.

This is a complete violation

This is a complete violation of due process! But not that Rick Perry is going to be in any danger! I'm sure the Texas Rangers or whoever protects him have plenty of guns and bullets.
You and I wouldn't be that lucky!



ISIS is just running across the Mexico border, according to Rick.

Southern Agrarian

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People are no longer innocent until proven guilty.

This presumption of innocence law should apply even to the likes of Rick Perry. He is now self-defenseless and is vulnerable to an attack. If drones can be used to execute citizens without a trial, then this preemptive action against Perry follows in the same sewer of tyranny.
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. - Voltaire

It's cute how some folks think they have rights

more proof that we're just slaves... cattle.

Allowing a fictional corporation to decide which of our NATURAL rights they'll allow or obstruct???? Free peoples don't have these problems.

At their inceptions, the #Liberty, #OccupyWallStreet and #TeaParty movements all had the same basic goal... What happened?


Not that I'm a fan of Rick Perry, but it's utterly ridiculous that someone is denied their 2nd amendment rights for being accused of something.