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Rick Perry on Gun Control

Republican Governor (TX)


Individual right to keep and bear arms

Look at state involvement in our individual right to keep and bear arms. At least 40 states have laws on the books allowing their citizens to carry a weapon in some form or another, and many of those have reciprocity agreements with other states. Recently a number of states have also begun pushing back against what they perceive as the overreach of federal law against their citizens through the Commerce Clause. For example, Montana and Tennessee are getting tired of federal gun laws that reach down into areas traditionally left to the states, so they passed laws to protect from federal reach firearms that are manufactured and sold entirely within the state.

The natural question arises, How, then, do the laws get enforced? The Supreme Court made crystal clear in the US v. Printz case, involving the enforcement of temporary provisions of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, that the federal government cannot commandeer state authorities to carry out federal law.

Source: Fed Up!, by Gov. Rick Perry, p.163-165 , Nov 15, 2010

Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms.

Perry opposes the CC survey question on right to bear arms

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Further restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms"

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q10 on Aug 11, 2010

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