Published by KLBJ AM Newsroom
The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled Americans have a constitutional right to keep guns in their homes for self-defense. The 5-4 ruling struck down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment.
The amendment reads: ``A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.''
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who was the author of Texas' concealed handgun law, is applauding the decision. "It says that I have an individual constitutional right to keep and bear arms and that's not contingent upon membership in the National Guard," he told Newsradio 590 KLBJ's Todd Jeffries. "That's a biggie."
Other Texas politicians are also enthusiastically supporting the Supreme Court's ruling.
Governor Rick Perry says Texans have long held that it's a fundamental right of every law-abiding citizen to keep and bear arms. Perry says affirmation from our country's highest court should unquestionably cement this right for future generations of Texans and Americans.
U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison says it's a major victory for the rights of all Americans to protect themselves and their families. She says the Supreme Court sent a clear message to local, state, and federal governments that this individual right can't be unreasonably infringed.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn says the nation's top court made the correct decision by reaffirming one of our founding principles, the right of individuals to keep and bear arms.
Cornyn says this historic ruling has implications far beyond the District of Columbia.
U.S. Congressman John Carter says the decision "is a huge victory for law-abiding citizens in Washington D.C. The right to keep and bear arms is a constitutional right which was intended for every American citizen, and should not exclude those who reside in the District of Colombia or any other state."