Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has caved to the Democrats on legislation that would allow media organizations to create formal cartels to negotiate with Big Tech companies, several congressional aides and others familiar with the process told Breitbart News on Wednesday.
If Cruz goes forward with his plans to back—and allow the senate to advance—the legislation, then he will immediately become one of the biggest enablers of the establishment media and Big Tech giants and he could seriously jeopardize his political future.
Cruz, who had previously jammed up a committee markup on the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) a few weeks ago, has now decided to give Klobuchar what she wanted and allow the Democrat proposal to proceed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee to eventually be considered by the full U.S. Senate.
Several aides on both sides of the JCPA fight familiar with the matter told Breitbart News on Wednesday that Cruz caved to Klobuchar and has agreed to changes to language he offered in an amendment to allow the bill to advance. When questioned repeatedly about it on Wednesday, Cruz’s office did not deny these aides’ characterization.
Cruz himself has not replied to inquiries from Breitbart News sent over text directly to the senator. Several Cruz staffers have refused to answer whether he cut a deal with Klobuchar, and they have refused to make the senator available for an interview to explain himself.
A Cruz spokesperson would only provide, when asked detailed and serious questions about the possibility of a deal and what form the deal would take, a generic statement claiming that Cruz opposes censorship of conservatives–something that would be inherently untrue if he votes for or simply even just enables Senate consideration of this legislation.
“Sen. Cruz is a fierce defender of the First Amendment and free speech and he will always fight to prevent Americans from being censored or silenced,” the Cruz spokesperson told Breitbart News.
Despite Cruz’s office’s refusal to answer specific questions about this, the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering the JCPA again—for the third week in a row—on Thursday. Late Wednesday, the committee circulated a clarifying amendment that does exactly what the various committee aides told Breitbart News that Cruz had caved to Klobuchar on: Alters the original Cruz amendment text, and removes things that Klobuchar said she could not support.
The office of Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), who had previously undercut the broader bill to back Cruz’s amendment three weeks ago in committee, confirmed that Cruz caved to Klobuchar on record to the Daily Caller News Foundation. Proponents of the JCPA—like Kennedy, and now Cruz—have falsely claimed it would help conservatives fight back against Big Tech. The legislation does no such thing as, among the serious structural problems, it has included no favored nations clause contained in it, which means that a group of media companies could get together on their own and negotiate a sweetheart deal with a big tech company but that deal would not apply to every media company.
Kennedy’s office said in a statement to that publication:
Maybe if they were rich yankees from Martha’s Vineyard Hands all over little girls Biden would do something!
Perhaps Bexar County “sheriff” Javier F##K Texicans Salazar will invite them all to his house.
Overwhelmed El Paso BEGS Biden for help: Kind-hearted locals say they can’t keep up with influx of migrants pouring over border – and that President is ignoring them
Biden’s border crisis is sending thousands of migrants to El Paso every week, according to local officials
The families show up in the tiny border town hungry and in need of clothes from local Good Samaritans
Food banks and rescue missions are at breaking point; the shelves are bare but shelters are full
Politicians say they fear the worst is yet to come, with Biden refusing to crack down on the crisis
Florida’s Ron de Santis says shipping criminal invaders to yankeeland calls the bluff of woke politicians promoting sanctuary cities.
Kind-hearted volunteers running food banks and shelters in the border town of El Paso are begging the Biden administration to help them ease the crisis they have created by allowing thousands of migrants to enter the country every week.
The crisis at the border is escalating to such an extent that 1,050 migrants, predominantly from Venezuela, are arriving every day. They are overwhelming the town, whose residents have always welcomed migrants and provided them with food and resources but who are now struggling to keep up with the demand.
In an impassioned plea for help on Wednesday, the CEO of the Rescue Mission of El Paso, a religious shelter which welcomes the homeless, said no one from Washington DC had been in touch.
He said the sheer volume of people turning up every day is straining the shelter, and that staff fear they cannot feed and clothe everyone who needs it.
The food banks have bare shelves and shelters are bursting with beds. Cots have now been set up in the chapel at the rescue mission to accommodate the extra people.
Bexar Country “sheriff” Javier F##K Texicans Salazar has shown his necked ass, and it is not a pretty sight.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier F##K Texicans Salazar said the investigation will look into the suspected activities of a Venezuelan being paid a “bird dog fee to recruit” the illegal immigrants from an area around a San Antonio migrant resource center to go to Florida.
“As we understand it, 48 migrants were lured—and I will use the word ‘lured’—under false pretenses into staying at a hotel for a couple of days,” Salazar said at a press conference.
“At a certain point they were shuttled to an airplane where they were flown to Florida and eventually flown to Martha’s Vineyard, again under false pretences, is the information that we have,” he added.
Salazar said that on the promise of work and further assistance they were taken to Martha’s Vineyard “for little more than a photo op, video op” and “unceremoniously stranded” there.
Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter it is working with private attorneys for the victims and advocacy organizations as part of its investigation, as well as getting ready to cooperate with federal agencies which have concurrent jurisdiction.
With all the children getting raped in Bexar county, with all the women getting raped in Bexar County, with all the murders, carjacking, armed robberies, theft, destruction of private property and illegal invaders turning Bexar County and San Antonio roads and streets into demolition derbies, he comes out talking s#it about investigating how 50 illegal invaders he should have arrested and deported himself ended up embarrassing the hell out of the talking out their ass hypocritical rich cock sucker yankees in Martha’s Vineyard.
The yankees who seem to love it as illegals rape little children and women in the South the way the yankees ancestors did 1861-1865.
So DeSantis from Florida being a smart cookie saw a chance to make the Martha’s Vineyard filthy rich Southern folks hating hypocrites very very happy by bringing a handful of the millions of third world criminal invaders of the South to yankeeland’s playground of the vulgarly rich and hypocritical criminal element at Martha’s Vineyard.
But contrary to what they been SAYING, the descendants of the hypocritical witch burning and little Southern child gang raping to death yankees S#it their unmentionables when they got a trickle of the flood of 3ed world criminals over running the Southern border countries.
When the Florida governor shipped 50 illegal invaders lured to Florida by the yankees to yankeeland’s Martha’s Vineyard Island playground of the very corrupt, hypocritical and rich, the residents s#it their unmentionables, said nasty dirty things about DeSantis, locked their doors, grabbed their pistols they say no one else should be allowed to have and called the National guard out.
Now when he did not need to, the Bexar county “sheriff” Javier F##K Texicans Salazar with all the crime being done against Texicans in San Antonio and Bexar County choses to play politics of the side of the evil Anti-American butt holes trying to over run America with illegal 3ed world criminals who hate Americans and have no plans to assimilate into American traditions and society who are a wave of criminal invaders making war against Texicans while “sheriff” Javier F##K Texicans Salazar tries to protect the illegal criminal invaders from Texicans defending themselves from the crime wave and illegal invasion.
He has shown himself to not be a Texican sheriff, but a political clown in an undeserved uniform.
Now, when I took my University entrance exam upon graduating high school some 40 years back when Americans were a hell of a lot smarter than the current crop, I scored in the top 97% of the whole damn country in areas like law, government administration, economics and military matters.
That means I am the top cream on top of the huge container of milk of the country when it comes to knowing how things get done in politics.
Add to that my great-grandfather types such as, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony William the Conquerer, Henry the 2nd, Edward the First and the 17 of the 25 Ensurers of the Magna Carta were some of the very best at knowing how to get political things done, often with blackmail.
Don’t think my cousins George Washington and George Patton were not masters of blackmail if it were needed to get things done
Now whether one believes in genetics or reincarnation making one who they are and giving them the skills they have, I have a 1st rate political pedigree and the damn test scores to back it up.
I have a devious mind which understands the hooking of greedy little honor less fish.
When I graduated from high school the local congressman offered West Point on a silver platter.
When I was in my late 20s and 30s, my third cousin on my mother’s side was running Washington DC.
I had every opportunity to get my teeth firmly clamped down on the public teat.
I had an honorable father who taught me much.
Plus I like to be able to look I a mirror without the desire to cut my own throat.
I tried to this life just hide out in the crowd.
But it seems God and my ancestors will have none of that.
Comes a time when one gets on their knees or speaks up against evil.
When I was still in school I had the belief it is better to be a dead lion than a live mouse.
Mexican General Emillio Zapata said the same thing in different words:
“I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees”.
Unfortunately for me trying to hide out in the crowd, my ancestry contains no sheep blood.
Thus I find myself having to get on my knees and allow blackmailed political clowns destroy what was once a decent place and culture, or stand up and speak up against the evil overrunning this country with blackmailed and bribed minions committing treason against my people.
So why would a Bexar county sheriff who’s county is being overrun with 3ed world criminals who are invading under the protection of Washington DC waste his time trying to stop someone from showing what hypocritical clowns the yankee’s cheering for the South being overrun with a flood of raping murdering thieving illegal invaders, instead of trying to protect Texicans from the crime spree of the illegal invaders, try to help facilitate the invasion of the very people who elected him to protect them?
Blackmail and bribes.
The carrot of bribes and the blackmail of the stick.
Now I personally don’t know what they have on Bexar County Sheriff Javier F##K Texicans Salazar, but pedophilia is one of their favorite and most powerful blackmail tools.
Bribes are used also, starting out seeming small, insignificant to one without honor who sees no problem doing chump change favors against their oath and the people who elected them for chump change bribes.
Then the favors asked and the amounts of the bribes increase until one day the politician wakes up and realizes the are a hooked fish, they are owned lock, stock and barrel.
Then when they are ordered to do some treasonous thing and they resist, they are reminded of all the dirt which is hanging over their head.
This is the way Business is done in DC
Most DC politicians are baby rapers.
They are stupid and got themselves videoed raping children.
When their master demands they do treason against Americans by passing a slave making law, if they say:
Why I could not do that!
The voters would not like that law.
The blackmailing master says:
You know, be a damn shame if that Vedio of you raping little children “accidentally” got released on YouTube!
The blackmailed political whore says:
I LOVE THAT LAW!!!!!
Whether it be proof of bribes or pedophilia, that is how their masters make them commit treason against the people who voted them in.
Texicans are living under yankee occupation “government”, yankee occupation kangaroo courts, and yankee occupation laws which allow scum to prey on Texicans because thats how the occupying sub corporation ‘THE STATE OF TEXAS’ of the USA occupying corporation wats things.
The USA illegally invaded the South because they were evil and wanted to steal; the wealth of the South and build an Empire, which is now dying.
The evil child gang raping till death yankee did not beat the Southern armies on the battlefield, they subjugated the people with terrorism against women, children and old unarmed men which makes ISIS look like Sunday school teachers.
The evil yankee has NEVER left the Occupied Republic of Texas.
Texicans have never again been allowed to have their own government, military, courts or laws.
Texicans will only be free and our children safe to walk down a sidewalk without some pedophile grabbing them when Texas kicks the USA’s yankee occupying ‘THE STATE OF TEXAS’ out of Texas.
And those who help to subjugate Texicans like the turncoat “king” Herod of Judea who was the occupation Guvnor of Judea during Jesus’s time.
Occupation makes slaves of the occupied.
No man is free who is subjected to an occupation “government” and forbid to form his own form of governance.
The fruit of the poison tree is poison.
The yankee can not use terrorism agains civilians, a war crime, to take control of Texas, put an occupation “government’ in place and magically have that occupation ‘government become legal, moral, right or just.
The Ole Texican Dog!
‘This Is Not Bail Reform, This Is Insanity’
Last Wednesday, 37-year-old Omar Ursin went to pick up take-out for his family. Witnesses reported that as Ursin was driving down Medera Run Parkway in northeast Harris County, Texas, another car pulled alongside and fired one or more shots into Ursin’s car. When police arrived, they found Ursin had crashed into a tree in the median and was dead. The district attorney charged Ahsim Taylor and Jayland Womack, both 20, with Ursin’s murder.
Sadly, this would be all too common a story in Harris County as of late. Over the last two years, we have been averaging almost two murders per day in Harris County. But there are two details which make this crime stand out.
First, Ursin was a Precinct 3 constable deputy. He was off duty at the time. At this point, we do not know if his murder was related to him being a law enforcement officer.
Second, both Taylor and Womack were out on bail, pending trials for other felonies. Murder, to be specific. Taylor had been charged with capital murder because he killed someone during a robbery. Womack was charged with a killing that occurred during a drug deal.
Taylor’s bond was originally set at $220,000 by a magistrate, but Judge Amy Martin lowered it to $95,000. Womack’s initial bond was set by Judge Greg Glass at $35,000 but later increased to $75,000 because of violations of this pre-trial release. These bonds were granted by each of the judges, notwithstanding the substantial evidence against the accused.
Both defendants were able to make bond and were released from custody. Traditionally, bail bondsmen have required 10% to provide a bond. Because of increased competition, many bond companies have been discounting their fees. So, these two alleged murderers were able to secure their freedom for no more than about $18,000, and probably substantially less. As a result of them being out on bond instead of inside Harris County’s jail, Ursin’s 7-year-old daughter no longer has a dad.
Nearly 1,000 migrants have been released in El Paso in the past week, as the border crisis continues
Many have been left sleeping on the street without access to toilets or showers, causing vile conditions
Surge of migrants, mostly from Venezuela, has overwhelmed Border Patrol across Texas
With facilities overwhelmed, many are being dropped off near bus stations and left to fend for themselves
‘It’s almost apocalyptic,’ says US Rep. Tony Gonzales, with El Paso also likened to a third world country
A humanitarian crisis is deepening in the Texas border town of El Paso, where nearly 1,000 migrants have been released to sleep on the streets amid a surge of illegal crossings that is overwhelming Border Patrol facilities.
Following a large influx of migrants, primarily from Venezuela, Border Patrol facilities and shelters in the west Texas town have been overwhelmed in recent days, leading to a flood of so-called ‘street releases’.
Congressman Tony Gonzalez, a GOP US Representative, told the New York Post: ‘We’ve never seen anything like this.
‘It’s a scene that you would see in a third-world country, not in the streets of El Paso.’
It has led to scenes of misery, with hundreds of migrants sleeping on the streets without access to toilets or showers, and residents say that the ‘smell of human waste is overwhelming in the area,’ according to KVIA-TV.
‘There’s nothing safe about having people roaming the streets, it’s almost apocalyptic,’ Gonzales, who represents part of El Paso, told the ABC affiliate.
‘I’d argue that we’re very compassionate people, people who want to give the shirt off their back, but when there’s no end in sight, it’s just not fair,’ said Gonzales.
The situation in El Paso comes days after the Biden administration officially extended special protections for Venezuelans, known as Temporary Protected Status, that shield some of them from deportation.
News of the grim situation in El Paso comes a day after migrants in Eagle Pass, 450 miles east along the border, were reported to have killed a guard dog and begun eating animals in desperation.
Just shy of 200,000 illegal immigrants were intercepted crossing the southern border in July, according to the most recent CBP figures available.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has begun bussing thousands of migrants to so-called sanctuary cities including New York, Washington DC and Chicago, where leaders there have moaned about struggling to cope with them.
But El Paso – the sixth largest city in Texas – is one of a number of border areas facing an exponentially worse crisis. It has a population which is 81 percent Hispanic and relies heavily on the petroleum industry for local jobs – but is also home to a large medical center and university. The average house there costs $203,000.
Texas teacher who was FIRED for telling students ‘don’t judge people for wanting to have sex with 5-year-olds’ and asking them to call pedophiles ‘minor attracted persons’ in disturbing classroom clip posted to TikTok
A high school teacher who appeared to defend pedophilia to her students has been fired by her Texas school board
In an 18-second clip uploaded to TikTok, Franklin High School teacher Amber Parker is heard urging her students to call pedophiles ‘Minor Attracted Persons’
Parker, 53, taught English at the El Paso school
The school district was immediately informed of the incident, an investigation was launched leading to Parker’s suspension and subsequent firing
A Texas teacher has been fired after she was caught on tape instructing students not to use the word ‘pedophiles’, but instead use the term ‘minor attracted persons’.
Amber Parker, 53, who taught English at Franklin High School in El Paso, was sacked from her job after making the comments in class which were captured on video and subsequently shared to social media.
During the 18-second long clip that was posted to TikTok, the teacher can be heard telling students: ‘Stop calling them that.
‘You’re not allowed to label people like that. Stop it, Diego. We’re not gonna call them that.’
Parker can be heard instructing her English students in the clip: ‘We’re gonna call them MAPs, minor attracted persons. So don’t judge people just because they wanna have sex with a five-year-old.’
A 17-year-old boy in Texas fatally shot two men Friday night who allegedly tried to break into his home, according to local authorities.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the home invasion at about 10:40 p.m. Their investigation found that three armed men, wearing masks, allegedly attempted to break into a home in Channelview, a suburb east of Houston, the office wrote in a press release.
An adult woman, a 12-year-old boy and two 17-year-old boys were inside the home at the time of the attempted break-in. Upon realizing the men were trying to come inside, one of the 17-year-olds grabbed a shotgun. He fired it at the alleged burglars several times, striking two of them, according to the press release.
The third suspect fled the scene in an unidentified dark colored, four-door sedan without injury, the press release added.
When law enforcement arrived, they found the two men unresponsive and suffering from gunshot wounds. They were both pronounced dead at the scene by emergency management personnel, according to the sheriff’s office.
There has never been a civil war in American history, the USA invasion of the South in 1861 was a war crime in which the USA used terrorism against civilians to include USA “soldiers” lining up to gang rape little children and pregnant women to death.
The Republic of Texas has been illegally occupied with her people’s God Given Rights of self protection and going armed suppressed by ‘THE STATE OF TEXAS’ which is not a legal governmnet of the occupied Republics;ic of Texas but an illegal occupation force, a sub corporation of the USA Corporation which has illegally militarily occupied the Republic of Texas for 158 years and counting.
Before the illegal occupation of the Republic of Texas all Texicans were armed.
Children, women and men.
If someone murdered someone, they hanged their asses.
If someone used a weapon in a robbery and they did not hang their asses they sent them to a hell hole prison so when they got out they would not make that mistake again, or leave Texas before repeating the mistake.
When the yankee invaded, set up their puppet occupation “government”, they started making rules stealing Texican’s God Given Rights to self defense without government intervention, disarming Texicans.
In recent years in dribbles and squirts they have given Texicans privileges to be armed, with a whole freight train of restrictions when and where a Texican can defend themselves or family from repeat criminals the Austin occupiers keep turning loose on Texicans and illegal Mexico citizens who like to rape women and children when they are not stealing stuff.
Before you read this about the NOT Texas “THE STATE OF TEXAS’ again trying to disarm Texicans, allow me to tell you a couple of Texas stories.
My grandfather on the right with my four uncles and my father on the left, was born in 1866.
Above, my grandfather and grandmother as young couple with their first three children.
Her father was a medical doctor in Texas as well.
When he was nine years old his Confederate Veteran father who had been a soldier and a Chaplin in the Confederate army, who was as well as a circuit riding minister, a trained medical doctor had a drug store in Llano Texas.
They lived outside of town with no close houses.
There were two wagon roads leading out to the main wagon road like spokes in a wheel.
One day my grandfather heard some wagons coming down the road, he and his dog walked down one of the roads to the main road to see the wagon train pass.
The front wagon had a yankee carpetbagger in it.
The evil smart ass self righteous yankee got down, called my grandfather’s dog over and tied it to his wagon.
My grandfather said, mister, that is my dog.
The yankee scum said now he is mine.
The people in the wagons behind him said don’t steal the boy’s dog.
The ass hole yankee said I told you I was going to get a good dog before we got there, got in his wagon and drove off.
My grandfather ran back to the house, got a double barreled 12 gauge shotgun, ran out the other road to get ahead of the wagons.
When the wagons came around the corner, my grandfather was standing in the middle of the road.
He pointed the shot gun at the yankee scum, pulled both hammers back, so mad he was crying told the yankee scum if he did not let his dog go, he was going to kill his ass.
The sorry assed yankee carpetbagger got down very carefully and untied my grandfather’s dog, very carefully got back in his wagon and left, without a dog.
When he was 16 years old, he was attending a one room school house.
The community had hired a very big bodied yankee carpetbagger as a school teacher.
his first day he wanted to show them who was boss but having very small balls picked a young girl who he knew her father was dead.
He found some small infraction of the rules and called her up front and was whipping her long and hard.
There was one boy older than my grandfather, both stood up and told the teacher to stop the whipping, it had been more than enough.
The yankee bully held a grudge and when the teacher’s pet and my grandfather got into a fight on the playground which the teacher’s pet started, the cowardly bully yankee was going to whip my grandfather but not his pet who started the fight.
So my grandfather quit school.
About a week later my grandfather was delivering some medicine to one of his dad’s patients driving my great grandfather’s one horse hack he used to make house calls.
He drove about a block from the school, the teacher’s pet came down with the other kids to finish the fight.
My grandfather got out and they went for it.
The cowardly yankee bully teacher saw them and came running down yelling “Will Carleton I am going to whip you”.
He was much larger than my 16 year old grandfather so grandfather climbed up in to the hack.
The cowardly bull yankee carpetbagger teacher started climbing up into the hack also.
He thought better of his actions when my grandfather pulled a Colt .45 Peacemaker from under the seat, stuck the barrel into one of the yankee’s nostrils and cocked the hammer.
He ran back to the school so fast this own heels were hitting his own ass.
He did not tell his dad but someone did.
His dad called him in and asked what happened.
Then he went to the schoolhouse and told the cowardly bully yankee teacher:
My son had to quit school because you are a bully and unfair.
He is not your pupil any longer.
He is a boy, you are a man.
If you ever mess with him again you will be facing me, and I am a man.
Do you understand me?
The cowardly bully carpetbagger yankee understood perfectly and there never was any more trouble between him and my grandfather.
A bit later they were in a town, Blanco, Texas which had a water supply which was questionable to some folks way of thinking .
About half the town wanted to move the whole town across the river to where they though would be a better water supply and about half wanted to stay put.
My great grandfather wanted to stay put and he was a ring leader on that group.
The other side knew if he was out of the way the rest would fold.
They made their brag they were going up to my great grandfather’s drug store and kill him.
The rode up on horseback, my grandfather’s brothers took positions with their weapons and my great grandfather walked out to talk with them with his hand in his overcoat pocket in which was his Colt.
The men talked a while, turned their horses and rode away.
When they got back to their gathering hole men started making fun of them saying, you bragged you were going to go up there and kill the old man, he ain’t dead and your here.
They told them, we located every one of the boys position but Will (my grandfather), we kew he was around but never could locate him.
He had been up on the roof behind the false store front with a lever action repeating rifle and the men who came to kill showed good sense not trying anything.
I grew up a preachers kid in the Texas hill country.
At 15 years I took down 200 foot of barbed wire fence and cedar post on a motorcycle doing 70 miles per hour.
After a lengthy stay in a San Antonio hospital, I was back home with one arm still in a cast and a revolver under my shirt behind my belt.
At the picture show an older guy who was bigger than my brother just older than him who was a Karate trained guy was drunk and trying to start some shit with my brother over a girl.
He told my brother he was going to pick him up, throw him on a cut off telephone post and break his back.
Grinning up at him sitting on his motorcycle , my brother buckled the strap on his crash helmet to use as a weapon, looked over at me and patted his waist line in front.
Well hell, I dragged that revolver out, eared back the hammer, pointed it between the drunks eyes and explained he was not going to hurt my brother.
The drunk sobered up and calmed down in a flash.
Later my brother said he was only asking me if I had it on me.
He should have known I did!
Some years later the brother of the same brother’s ex girlfriend came up to our house to start some trouble.
He always wanted to kill someone and talked about killing someone.
My brother went outside to talk to him while I sat on the edge of the arm of the couch just inside the screen door reading the Sunday comics with our fathers lever action 30-30 rifle. leaned just out of sight but real handy.
The want to be bad man knew me well enough to know even if he could not see a weapon, I damn well had one and if he tried to drag his revolver out I would have had him kicking on the sidewalk before he had it leveled at my brother.
There are good people and bad people in this world, disarm the good people and the bad people who don’t give a flying trapeze about disarming laws will use weapons to rob, rape and murder.
When the good people are armed as well, many a want to be bad man will mind his manners.
The Ole Texican Dog!
A federal judge has struck down a Texas law preventing individuals aged 18 to 20 years from carrying handguns in public, in the first major court ruling on Second Amendment rights since the Supreme Court recognized a constitutional right to carry firearms in public for self-defense.
Previously, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld the state law, but that was before the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling.
The Supreme Court voted 6–3 on June 23 in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen to strike down New York state’s tough concealed-carry gun permitting system on constitutional grounds. At the same time, the court found that laws preventing law-abiding individuals from carrying firearms in public for self-defense cannot be upheld unless they are consistent with the nation’s historical firearm regulation traditions.
Before the ruling, laws in New York and seven other states required applicants to demonstrate “proper cause” in order to obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun in public. But the high court’s ruling declared that New York’s proper-cause requirement—and by extension, the laws of the other seven states—violated the 14th Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense.
Some states like Maryland rescinded their proper cause requirement but other blue states have been slow to comply or have resisted the decision outright. Since the ruling, civil rights activists have filed several lawsuits aimed at reining in gun restrictions they argue are not consistent with Bruen.
On Aug. 25, in a lawsuit filed in November of last year, Judge Mark Pittman of the U.S. District Court in Fort Worth, Texas, ruled that the Texas law violates the Bruen precedent. Texas officials had argued that historical analogs justify the law.
“The issue is whether prohibiting law-abiding 18-to-20-year-olds from carrying a handgun in public for self-defense is consistent with this Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation,” Pittman, a Trump appointee, wrote in his opinion (pdf) in Firearms Policy Coalition Inc. v. McCraw, court file 4:21-cv-1245.
“Based on the Second Amendment’s text, as informed by Founding-Era history and tradition, the Court concludes that the Second Amendment protects against this prohibition. Texas’s statutory scheme must therefore be enjoined to the extent that law-abiding 18-to-20-year-olds are prohibited from applying for a license to carry a handgun.”