Pity Poor Rick Perry: He Can’t Tote A Gun Around Anymore
Horrors! Big gummint is preventing Texas Guv Rick Perry from carrying or buying guns! Whatever will we tell Wayne LaPierre?
One of Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry’s charges comes with a possible prison sentence of 99 years behind bars, but that might not be his biggest hardship. According to Texas and federal law, NRA dreamboat Perry has probably lost the right to buy guns or have a concealed carry permit during the period of his indictment. Should he get convicted, he’ll lose his right to own guns altogether for at least five years after he gets out of prison. The Perry family asks for your prayers during this troubling time.
According to an article published in the Austin American-Statesman, federal law prohibits a person under indictment from carrying a concealed weapon or from acquiring new weaponry (whether by purchase or as a gift) if their charges call for more than a year in prison – a margin Perry’s charges beat by roughly 98 years.
[su_r_sky_ad]Oh noes! How can he strut around like a manly Texas man fit to be preznit without exposing his pistol?
Austin American-Statesman writer Ken Herman 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.
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.
So, for example, if fellow Texan Ron Paul wanted to give Perry an AR-15 as a gift (as Paul has been known to do) that would be a crime. So too would be receiving a rifle on stage from the NRA. How is a conservative politician supposed to do a photogenic publicity stunt with all these restrictions?