The City of Austin attempted to deny citizens’ rights, but a court has now restored justice.

On Thursday, the Travis County District Court ruled that the city violated Texas law and infringed on Austinites’ rights. The story began in 2016 when the city repeatedly blocked a resident from entering city hall because of his licensed concealed handgun. After the citizen complained, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit.

“The city of Austin cannot defy Texas’ licensed carry laws, or any state law enacted by the Texas Legislature, simply because it disagrees with the law or feels like ignoring it,” said Paxton in a press release.

The court’s decision restored the citizen’s right to carry and imposed a $9,000 fine on the city.

“The district court’s ruling preserves and protects the Second Amendment rights of Texans and sends a strong message to the city of Austin that they are bound by the same laws as all other Texans,” said Paxton. “If the city of Austin appeals the district court’s decision, my office will continue to strongly defend the right of law-abiding Texans to keep and bear arms in accordance with our handgun laws.”

 

Jacob Asmussen

Jacob Asmussen is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard. He attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and in 2017 earned a double major in public relations and piano performance.

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