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August 20, 2014 - 3:23 pm

Democrats even in Texas hate guns, and they really really hate Rick Perry, so the malicious indictment of him is a win-win. Anyone under felony indictment is deprived of certain gun rights, and that now includes the governor of Texas.

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. (Cue the cheering coyotes.)

The indictment’s impact on Perry’s gun rights was brought to my attention by a former Democratic state legislator who seemed happy to point it out.

“I’m surprised that you haven’t analyzed the most significant and immediate impact of the governor’s indictment,” ex-state Sen. Steve Carriker, D-Roby, told me in an email including the applicable federal law.

Carriker also was most helpful in providing the official federal “Firearms Transaction Record Part 1” form, which must be filled in by firearms purchasers. Question 11b asks “Are you under indictment or information in any court for a felony, or any other crime, for which the judge could imprison you for more than one year?” (An information is a formal accusation of a crime by a prosecutor.)

For Perry that’s now a big ol’ yes. And yes means no new guns or ammo.

Gov. Perry is a victim of this prosecution but he isn’t exactly defenseless here. He has state-provided body guards most of the time. He does like to jog on his own, though, and can no longer carry the gun that commemorates his duel with a coyote. I once ran into him ambling about by himself at a little function in downtown Austin, no bodyguards to be seen anywhere. He just walked in as if he were an average guy. But I never doubted that he was packing. You can always count on him, Jerry Patterson and, well, most other prominent Texas Republicans to have their CCL up to date and in use.

You can see from the tone of the Austin American-Statesman story above, and the comments within it, that some in the media and the Texas Democrats are happy about depriving the governor of his rights. They like it.

Don’t think they would be any less happy about depriving you of yours, if you happen to disagree with them. The Democrats would indict every single Republican in the entire state if they thought they could get away with it.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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Rick Perry is running for POTUS in 2016 and these political ogres are already attacking him.
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This just keeps getting better and better. The Democrats are fighting the last war, using the tired tactics of malicious prosecution, abuse of power, propaganda, misinformation, deprivation of rights, to cover up corruption and drunk driving.

All Gov. Perry has to do is win the next war, which won't be too difficult because the Democrats have exposed themselves and their tactics.

I think Gov. Perry is handling this situation very well. It makes him seem, oh, so Presidential. This is what the Democrats didn't count on. By bringing this indictment now, they have empowered Republicans nationwide.

Indicting a governor for exercising his constitutional authority to line-item veto any spending bill? After he called for a drunk and disorderly out-of-control county DA to resign? Most people, regardless of party, look favorably on that.

But to take his guns away is way beyond the breach. And all Americans know it.

What I find odd about this pathetic mess of a political power play is why the grand jurors chose the Houstin Chronicle to leak to. I have a lot of relatives in Houston. There are more guns in Houston than there are people.

The Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot, the longer they pursue this insane narrative. And the better Perry comes out looking in the end.

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I wonder how many Texans with CCW would volunteer to hang out with Gov. Perry.
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At what level can a judge dismiss the charges here and perhaps sanction the prosecutors' office?
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All I can picture is an honorable Sean Bean in "Game of Thrones"
3 weeks ago
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He should just pardon himself. It would drive the Democrats crazy.
3 weeks ago
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He should carry a crossbow.

It's not a firearm.
3 weeks ago
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Micheal MCrum. The special prosecutor who brought the charges. From San Antonio and aligned with the spawned Castro brothers. Name and shame. His and their history needs to be splashed all over the internet as well as Rosemary's. Everyone connected to this needs to be exposed like the cockroaches they are. I am beyond tired of democrat judicial thuggery.
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USC section 1983 permits damage lawsuits for persons deprived of their constitutional rights by government officials "acting under color of law".

Perry should look into this. Personal financial responsibility for their political lawlessness might make some of these democrat criminals think twice.
3 weeks ago
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I hope he does - we have too many McCains and Romneys, who believe in turning the other cheek and playing as nice as possible.

We need more Andrew Breitbarts who are willing to fight back.
3 weeks ago
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Perry must prepare the battlespace against the Dems. Perry must show commercials of Rosemary Lehmberg staggering drunk, BAC of .238, driving the wrong way on a highway, at night. Perry must force the Dems to DEFEND drunk driving. The Dems must explain why this staggering drunk driver should be head of the ethics unit. The Dems must be made to explain why this staggering drunk driver must NOT resign from her position of D.A. for Travis County.Lehmberg has PROVEN herself to be irresponsible and a danger to the public. THE DEMS MUST BE FORCED TO DEFEND THIS STAGGERING DRUNK.
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Unfortunately, if those videos don't exist it's probably going to take Lehmberg killing someone while driving drunk to put Democrats on the defensive.

I like to call the GOP the Party of Stupid, but it seems Texas Democrats are fighting for the title - maybe they think they can just tell Lehmberg to stop drinking while they go after Perry, but alcoholics don't 'just stop'. All it takes is one drunken incident in the next few months hitting the news cycle for the story to take an even more dramatic turn against them.

If, God forbid, she does hurt or kill someone while driving drunk, Texas Democrats suddenly become the party that protected an alcoholic from the consequences that might have prevented the accident.
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