On September 22, 2022, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) appealed a district ruling which restored Second Amendment rights for 18-20 year olds in the Lone Star State.
(Article by Jose Nino republished from BigLeaguePolitics.com)
Judge Mark Pittman issued the district court decision on August 26 that established 18-20 year old lawful citizens’ right to carry a handgun openly or concealed without having to beg the government for a permit.
Constitutional Carry was passed back in 2021. The law was only applicable to adults 21 years and up. Using the precedent established by the recent Bruen Supreme Court decision, Judge Pittman ruled that all lawful adults must have the ability to exercise their right to bear arms.
“Judge Pittman rightly ruled that all adults should be allowed to carry their handgun openly or concealed, but once again, government officials in the state of Texas are proven to be anti-gun stooges,” declared Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights. “Steven McCraw and DPS leadership don’t want young single mothers or military aged adults to have their rights restored – it’s pathetic, and quite frankly, a violation of their oath of office.”
This past summer, in a 6-3 decision, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas authored the Bruen decision where the Court threw out the “intermediate scrutiny” framework – a cost-benefit analysis that gave lower courts and legislatures the power to undermine the Second Amendment. Instead, the Court used the history, text, and tradition of the right to bear arms to establish the standard for the Second Amendment.
The Bruen decision is built upon the landmark Heller and McDonald decisions means unconstitutional gun control laws across the nation will be challenged and overturned.
“The evidence is clear: the Texas Department of Public Safety does not want law-abiding 18-20 year old adults to exercise their God-given right to keep and bear arms,” declared Chris McNutt, Executive Director of Texas Gun Rights, the state affiliate for the National Association for Gun Rights. “Gov. Greg Abbott needs to lead this state and get the Texas DPS in line. We fought hard and successfully passed Constitutional Carry in Texas, and the ruling by Judge Pittman rightly uses the Bruen decision from this summer to restore gun rights to a large segment of adults who’ve been wrongly stripped of their constitutional rights.”
The Texas DPS appeal is expected to be heard in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court.
“Deep down DPS knows that their appeal is unconstitutional and immoral, and we are confident that the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court will tell them to take a hike,” concluded Brown.
Even in red states, the right to bear arms is not fully secure. Apart from squishy Republican legislators who end up selling right-wing constituents out, there are unelected bureaucrats who work behind the scenes to undermine our freedoms.
The Second Amendment community is going to have to start confronting government agencies and putting forward measures to nullify, defund, and ultimately abolish these agencies. We’re in a Cold Civil war with malevolent forces and we must be ready to use all means at our disposal to put these people in check.
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