State of Texas Archives: on Gun Control


Greg Abbott: Individual right to keep and bear arms was settled in 1791

Greg Abbott believes the right to keep and bear arms was settled in 1791 when the 2nd Amendment was adopted to the U.S. Constitution. On behalf of 31 states, Attorney General Abbott championed a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision (District of Columbia v. Heller) that struck down a handgun ban and protected an individual's right to bear arms.

Greg Abbott continues to protect 2nd Amendment rights by preparing to challenge potential federal laws that limit gun rights. He was also one of the first Attorneys General in America to challenge the Obama Administration's efforts to use the United Nations to regulate guns in the United States.

As an avid hunter and member of the Texas State Rifle Association and National Rifle Association, Greg Abbott will continue to fight any federal government overreach that aims to disrupt the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Texans.

Source: 2014 Texas Gubernatorial campaign website, GregAbbott.com Nov 4, 2014

Emily Sanchez: Opposes an absolute right to gun ownership

Q: Do you support or oppose an absolute right to gun ownership?

A: Oppose.

Source: E-mail interview on Texas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Brian Babin: Rock-solid defender of the 2nd Amendment

2nd Amendment: I am a rock solid defender of the 2nd Amendment, a 30 year member of the NRA, and was endorsed by the NRA in my 1996 congressional race.
Source: 2014 Texas 36th House campaign website BabinForCongress.com Aug 31, 2014

Steve Stockman: The best gun lubricant around is Liberal Tears

Rep. Steve Stockman--a Republican primary challenger to Sen. John Cornyn of Texas--might be the closest thing in this election year to a middle finger running for the US Senate by itself:Stockman seems to be betting--again--on his talents for nation-scale insult comedy, for grabbing free publicity with over-the-top attacks on the hard right's enemies. He holds a place in the Hill's modern lore as an innovator in the art of shock politics. Stockman has now been the wild-man newcomer of two different House classes, 18 years apart.
Source: Washington Post on 2014 Texas Senate race Jan 4, 2014

Steve Stockman: 1993: Opposed federal raid on the Branch Davidian compound

In his first stint in Congress in 1994, Stockman became infamous for his conspiracy theories about gun control. He contended, for instance, that the 1993 federal raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Texas was staged by the Clinton administration as a political gesture to bolster the case for an assault-weapons ban.
Source: Washington Post on 2014 Texas Senate race Jan 4, 2014

Steve Stockman: AR-15 giveaway: the perfect Mother's Day gift

Stockman's famously incendiary tweets are enjoying increased scrutiny. Here's a sampling: