Texas Attorney General Paxton sues county over gun ban

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton        Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is asking a federal court to freeze non-Texas lawsuits against North Carolina's anti-LGBT law HB2, after he received a favorable ruling from a hand-picked court against the Obama administration's guidance to protect transgender students.

Second Amendment rights continue to spark debate.

Paxton filed the suit Tuesday against Waller County, just a month after he sued the city of Austin over a gun ban at city hall. He previously filed a similar lawsuit against the city of Austin.

Paxton argued that licensed gun owners can not be stopped from bringing weapons into Austin City Hall, while city officials believe guns do not belong anywhere in the building because, among other reasons, City Hall occasionally houses the Downtown Austin Community Court, which handles low-level offenses primarily committed by the homeless.

The state's licensed-carry law allows government entities to exclude guns from the portion of a building housing an office utilized by a government court, but Paxton said treasurer offices and election offices do not qualify for that exclusion.

I will give him this, though: Paxton isn't demanding that Waller County do anything he isn't willing to do (except, you know, obey the law).

Paxton's lawsuit was based on a complaint by Waller County resident Terry Holcomb Jr., who was not allowed to bring his gun into the county building in May. Elton Mathis said Waller County is anxious to have the issue resolved by the courts "so that all Texans can be safe and sure about the law".

Paxton and 10 other state attorneys general have urged U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder to pause the proceedings of a pending Justice Department challenge to HB 2 so that other cases can be heard and resolved first.

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