Rick Perry’s Gun Rights May Be Restricted By His Indictment

AP

The indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Friday could affect more than his political future or freedom. It could also limit his rights to handle guns and ammo.

The Austin American-Statesman reported on Tuesday that Perry’s indictment likely prevents him from carrying a concealed weapon and receiving firearms or ammunition as gifts under a federal law.

According to the American-Statesman, people facing more than a year of prison time are subject to the restrictions. One of the two felony charges against Perry carries a sentencing of up to 99 years in prison, the newspaper reported.

Edwin Walker, a Houston lawyer who represents gun owners, explained the implications of the law to the newspaper.

“As long as the indictment is pending he cannot acquire a firearm and he cannot carry a firearm pursuant to his CHL,” Walker said.

Walker told the paper that although Perry can’t carry a handgun, he can still carry rifles and other long guns.

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