From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
June 26, 2008
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

Senator Glenn Hegar Applauds U.S. Supreme Court's Decision to Strike Down Gun Ban
Chair of Legislative Sportsman's Caucus pleased that nation's highest court affirms American citizens' fundamental right to keep and bear arms

AUSTIN - State Senator Glenn Hegar applauded today's ruling by the United States Supreme Court to strike down Washington D.C.'s 32-year-old ban on handguns. Hailing the Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, Senator Hegar stated, "Today's decision by our nation's highest court affirms what we Texans have always known, which is that every citizen has a constitutional right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment. This ruling stands as a landmark victory for individual rights and personal freedom."

Senator Hegar said that sweeping gun bans, such as D.C.'s law, are overreaching measures that accomplish little while infringing upon sacred constitutional rights. "As the Chairman of the Texas Legislative Sportsman's Caucus, I appreciate and advocate gun safety, but I also know that guns are not the enemy. Sportsmen throughout Texas, and across the nation, use firearms for hunting and sporting activities, but even more importantly millions of Americans keep and bear firearms for the protection of their homes and families. Our nation's founders wanted America's citizens to be able to do both without unnecessary impediment," Hegar added.

Senator Hegar has long been an advocate in the Texas Legislature of protecting Texans' right to protect themselves and their families by removing unneeded and dangerous prohibitions placed upon concealed handgun license holders and others. "It is my profound hope that today's landmark ruling will send a loud and clear message to those who seek to impede our precious Second Amendment rights that their days of attempting to misinterpret the intent of our founders have come to an end. The right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right that cannot be unreasonably infringed by local, state, or federal government," Senator Hegar concluded.

Senator Hegar previously served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now serves as a Senator for Senate District 18. He also serves as Chairman of the Sportsman's Caucus, a bipartisan organization dedicated to promoting and protecting hunting and fishing. Senator Hegar is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming rice and corn on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800s. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.