Monday, November 17, 2008

Houston Gun Sales Soar After Election

With any transition in presidential power, there is extensive preparation required. President and First Lady Bush are probably gathering empty boxes every time they go to the grocery store so that they can begin to pack up their personal belongings. High school bands and cheerleaders from across the country are marching up and down football fields for hours after school every day to insure their best possible performance in January's inauguration parade. And, gun owners from across the country are purchasing their weapons of choice as quickly as possible under the assumed fear that an Obama administration will work to take away their Second Amendment possessions. As local television state KHOU reported over the weekend, Houston residents are particularly eager to hand over some cash for new guns before January 20 of next year.

At the High Caliber Gun & Knife Show held at the George R. Brown Convention Center over the weekend, more than 10,000 interested consumers showed up each day. As one of the organizers said, "I believe people are in fear of not being able to purchase firearms in the future." President-elect Barack Obama has promised that he has no intention of advocating for anything beyond "reasonable" restrictions on gun ownership, but that statement is certainly too subjective for some who enjoy the gun-owner friendly laws currently practiced in Texas. All types of guns, especially assault rifles, are being snatched up in the waning days of President Bush's time in the White House.

Earlier this year, in a five to four decision, the justices of the United States Supreme Court determined that Americans can own guns for the purpose of hunting and self-defense. Even with that ruling by our nation's highest court, some are still concerned that one or two new Supreme Court appointees by the next president will put that decision in jeopardy. Only time will tell if President-elect Obama and the Congress intend to change anything concerning our current gun laws.

At Bertolino LLP, we certainly support all of the Second Amendment rights that have been upheld in our courts. However, if you are a gun owner who has not used your weapon responsibly and you now face criminal charges, we have defense attorneys who are ready to stand with you in court. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today to discuss your case.

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