Just because Greg Abbott is running for governor doesn't mean he's stopped working hard at his current job as Texas Attorney General as he filed a legal brief supporting gun rights of Americans in the U.S. Supreme Court recently, according to a release from the Texas Attorney General's Office. The Wichita Falls, Tex. native urged the nation's highest court recently to reverse a lower court ruling that criminalizes intrastate private firearms sales from one authorized person to another.
A lower court ruling in the case of Abramski v. United States of America held that a person who purchases a firearm and then sells it to anotheer individual....who is also legally authorized to own and purchase firearms...is violating federal law. In the amicus (friend of the court) brief filed by Abbott's office, Texas argues that no federal law regulates private, intrastate firearms transfers between law-abiding individuals, who legally are allowed to possess firearms.
Abbott's office contends that if this court ruling is allowed to stand, it could make it a crime for a person to buy a firearm with the intention of giving it to someone else. In Texas, that could drastically reduce Christmas sales.
Abbott filed his brief supporting gun rights in conjunction with 26 states and one U.S. territory.
Abbott continues to run a vigorous statewide campaign which has included a stop at his boyhood home in Wichita Falls as he seeks to become the first native of the city of 105,000 to be elected governor of the Lone Star State. He was well-received by an enthusiastic crowd at his boyhood home on Randel Drive in the city which is only a stone's throw from the Red River.
While James V. Allred was elected governor as a Wichita Falls resident in the 1930s he was not a native, having been born 45 miles down the highway in Bowie, Tex.
Abbott has been a staunch defender of religious rights during his three terms as the 50th Texas Attorney General as he was largely responsible for convincing the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a statue of the Ten Commandments to remain in Austin.
Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis are expected to face each other in the November general election. Davis has received large amounts of funds from out of state donors following her pro-abortion stance in the Texas Legislature last summer. Clad in tennis shoes, she filibustered in an attempt to prevent passage of a bill which outlawed abortions after a woman is 20 weeks pregnant.
While Davis criticized the bill, it is no stricter than the law in many European countries.
It will be interesting to see the impact of the out of state contributions Davis is receiving on the campaign for governor.
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