Rick Perry vs. the Constitution
(Guns and Patriots) Governor Rick Perry stands with gun owners along the border. He is critical of a new Justice Department policy requiring gun store owners to alert the feds if an individual buyer purchases more than one semi-automatic rifle in a five day period.
"Singling out these border states and targeting legal gun sales and sellers (is) going to have little if no impact to the Mexican cartels who are transporting these guns, drugs, and cash through major cities throughout the US."
Perry spokesperson Katherine Cesinger calls the policy 'arbitrary', 'misguided', and 'constitutionally questionable', saying the Obama Administration should target criminals instead of law-abiding citizens.
Meanwhile, a federal lawsuit is filed to prevent Governor Perry from participating in a "Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation's Challenges".
Civil rights attorney Randall Kallinen represents the Freedom from Religion Foundation; he says the governor is using his state office to promote a particular religious viewpoint. "This is one of these cases where the facts aren't really much in dispute. It's basically a legal question for the judge; here are the facts your honor. Is this Constitutional or not?"
Despite the lawsuit, Catherine Frazier in the governor's office says Perry is undeterred. "He has issued many proclamations in years before. He's made it clear this is a nondenominational, apolitical event."
The "Day of Prayer" is scheduled to take place in Houston August 6th, so Kallinen says there is plenty of time to get a restraining order to prevent the governor's participation.