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

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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.