Don’t mess with Texans’ gun rights, GOP officials declare

by Star-Telegram  |  published on January 27, 2013

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams doesn’t want anyone messing with Texans’ Second Amendment rights.

Williams went to a Burleson gun shop Friday morning to tell a group of about 50 people that his strong support for gun rights isn’t wavering — and he strongly opposes recent proposals such as assault weapons and high-capacity magazine bans.

“If the president wants to begin a national dialogue about stopping violence, he shouldn’t start by taking away our rights as citizens,” said Williams, a Republican who represents the 25th Congressional District, which stretches from Tarrant County to Austin. “We need solutions, Mr. President, not slogans.”

Williams spoke at the Off Duty Armory in Burleson one day after U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and other congressional members proposed a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama promised to do everything he can to make a reality the country’s most aggressive gun control proposal in decades. The plan, developed through a task force guided by Vice President Joe Biden in the wake of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school in December, included requiring background checks on all gun purchases, banning assault weapons and limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.

Williams said he’s opposed “to the president’s unnecessary and unwise executive orders on gun ownership as well as his plans to seek other [legislative] restrictions in Congress.”

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