Monday, May 9, 2011

Texas Lawmakers Vote to Give Themselves More Gun Rights Than You

Via the Texas Tribune: A bill that passed the Texas Senate today 25-6 would add all elected statewide officials — and even former legislators — to the list of people exempt from concealed handgun laws that prohibit carrying guns at church, the hospital, a sporting event or even bars. For most people, illegally carrying a handgun at any of these locations could result in a Class A misdemeanor or a third degree felony. Punishment for illegally carrying a concealed handgun can vary from a year in county jail or a $4,000 fine to up to 10 years in jail and an optional fine up to $10,000.

Author of the bill, Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, says it exempts legislators so they can carry guns “for their own personal security” and ensure they won’t be prosecuted if they are caught “not purposefully violating the law by carrying” a gun in an prohibited location.

Of course! Since their lives are worth more than ours, they need the personal security that you don't. Funny how hard these legislatures work for your right to bear arms, but their own personal right to conceal those arms where ever they'd like, a luxury you are not afforded.

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