Forced to leave gun in Texas, Hutchison has plan


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Drizzt
May 21, 2005, 01:53 AM
Forced to leave gun in Texas, Hutchison has plan
Associated Press

WASHINGTON She may be able to hang a giant Lone Star flag outside her office, but Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said today there's one part of her Texas culture she couldn't bring to the nation's capital her handgun.

Hutchison said she didn't know when she arrived from Austin in 1993 that the District of Columbia prohibits keeping a fully assembled handgun in the home. The district's ban has been in place since 1975.

Hutchison, a Republican who is considering a 2006 run for Texas governor, introduced legislation today to lift the ban. If the bill passes she said she would keep a gun in her D.C. home.

Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and George Allen, R-Va., are co-sponsors.

"I have always had a handgun in the drawer next to my bed, and I would certainly again have one if it were legal in D.C.," Hutchison said.

Her office said her handgun is a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolver.

Hutchison said after she learned of the D.C. gun ban, she dismantled her gun, bought a travel case for it and took it back to Texas. She said she's complying with the law even though she thinks it's unconstitutional.

"I think every woman in the District of Columbia should have the ability to protect herself in her home," she said.

Her office later clarified that in her home in Dallas, Hutchison keeps her gun in a safe with a trigger lock, high above the reach of her two young children. Her office also said she would do the same in Washington if her bill becomes law and she is still living there.

Hutchison previously served as chair of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees funding for the District of Columbia.

A similar attempt at repealing D.C.'s gun ban failed last year. Hutchison lends the clout of a member of the Republican leadership she is the vice-chair of the Republican Conference and her measure has 25 co-sponsors.

Cornyn's office said he has several types of guns and rifles and keeps them in an "undisclosed location."

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/3189714

If Kay Bailey is actually taking action on something, she must be planning to run for Gov. I've not been impressed with her record thus far, but this would help.

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Leatherneck
May 21, 2005, 07:19 AM
Editorial in the ComPost this morning sniveled all about this. The editor's opinion was that, since DC residents can't legislate gun rules in Texas, then Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has no right to mandate what DC rules are. :rolleyes:

The ComPost also spewed all the Brady Bunch "facts" about "22 times more likely" etc. No countervailing views, of course. They did go on about how Dallas and Houston have high--and rising--crime rates, but didn't cite enough facts or sources to validate their citations.

TC

El Tejon
May 21, 2005, 08:54 AM
Triggerlock and it's in a safe? :confused:

Boy howdy and shoot fire, Katey Jo Bob. Y'all are awful careful with your fire extinguishers down there as well? :D

Come on, Senator, got to come up with a better lie than that for your run! :rolleyes:

wingman
May 21, 2005, 09:10 AM
I have written the senator on various issues, answers are in my opinion
not with conservative thinking, I have voted for her in the past will no
longer especially for governor of my state.

Bartholomew Roberts
May 21, 2005, 12:42 PM
This is not much more than grandstanding for the folks back home with an eye towards running for Governor in my opinion. Sen. Hutchinson recognizes the gun vote will be important to winning any Texas-wide election and is working to make sure she has the correct credentials should she decide to run.

Personally, I think either Sen. Hutchinson or Gov. Perry will do well on the issue of RKBA.

The good news is that maybe the citizens of DC will get a little respite from an unjust law as a result of this political maneuvering here in Texas.

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