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Supreme Court rejects gun rights appeal

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting yet another call to decide whether Americans have a constitutional right to carry guns with them outside their homes.

The justices on Monday left in place an appeals court ruling that upheld the San Diego sheriff’s strict limits on issuing permits for concealed weapons.

The high court decided in 2008 that the Constitution guarantees the right to a gun, at least for self-defense at home.

But the justices have refused repeated pleas to spell out the extent of gun rights in the United States, allowing permit restrictions and assault weapons bans to remain in effect in some cities and states.

More than 40 states already broadly allow gun owners to be armed in public.

Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch said the court should have reviewed the appellate ruling. Thomas said the decision not to hear the case “reflects a distressing trend: the treatment of the Second Amendment as a disfavored right.”

The high court also turned away a second case involving guns and the federal law that bars people convicted of crimes from owning guns.

The Trump administration had urged the court to review an appellate ruling that restored the rights of two men who had been convicted of non-violent crimes to own guns.

The federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled for the two men. The crimes were classified as misdemeanors, which typically are less serious, but carried potential prison sentences of more than a year. Such prison terms typically are for felonies, more serious crimes.

The administration says that the court should have upheld the blanket prohibition on gun ownership in the federal law and rejected case-by-case challenges.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor said they would have heard the administration’s appeal.


HARLINGEN: Police: Man dies during HPD fitness test

By Diana Eva Maldonado, Staff writer

A 26-year-old man applying for a job with the Harlingen Police Department died Sunday morning during a fitness test.

According to a department news release, the man collapsed on the running track during the final stages of the entry-level police officer job simulation testing.


EL PASO: Kidnapped Border Patrol agent left with men to protect his family, affidavit says

Robert Moore , El Paso Times

An off-duty Border Patrol agent said he got into a car with two strangers to get them away from his family after noticing one of the men had a gun, according to an FBI affidavit.

The two men went on to kidnap and brutally attack the agent, authorities say.

The affidavit in the federal kidnapping case against the two suspects provides additional details into the events of June 9-10, when off-duty Border Patrol Agent Lorenzo Hernandez was kidnapped in Northeast El Paso and forced to drive almost 50 miles to an area outside Las Cruces, where he was attacked and badly injured. The affidavit was filed June 15 in U.S. District Court in El Paso and made public Thursday.

Hernandez was assisting his mother at her food truck in Northeast El Paso on the night of June 9 when they were approached by two men later identified as Sergio Ivan Quiñonez-Venegas and Fernando A. Puga. (New Mexico law enforcement documents have identified the first suspect as Sergio Ivan Venegas-Quiñonez.


WICHITA FALLS: One Day After Conviction on Indecency with a Child Charges, Mathews’ body sent to Dallas for autopsy

John Ingle , Times Record News

The body of a man convicted of indecency with a child by exposure Friday has been sent to Dallas County for an autopsy.

Iowa Park Police Department Lt. Jimmy Eaton said the body of Dennie Robert Mathews, 65, was sent to Southwestern Institute for Forensic Sciences to determine the cause of death. He said they aren’t able to make a determination on the case until the results of the autopsy are received.

There were no physical signs of trauma.

Eaton said it will take about six weeks for toxicology tests to be completed.

The lieutenant said a call came in Saturday morning regarding Mathews’ condition. He was transported by emergency medical technicians to United Regional Health Care System and later to Hospice, where he died.

It took a jury a little more than 30 minutes in the 78th District Court on Friday to convict Mathews of the indecency charge. The conviction stems from a Nov. 30, 2014, incident at an Iowa Park car wash.

As reported by the Times Record News previously, Mathews was sitting in his Chevrolet Silverado pickup at Mean Green Car Wash located at 600 West Highway St. He told detectives during an interview that the reason he had pulled into the business was because he had seen children playing outside.


TEXARKANA: Lawsuit charges race, gender and pregnancy discrimination

by Lynn LaRowe

A local real estate agency is accused of discriminating against a former employee because of her pregnancy, gender and race, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Texarkana.


According to the complaint, Kariesha Hubbard, a 34-year-old African-American woman, was hired in 2015 by Atlanta Exploration Co., doing business as Coldwell Banker Elite Realtors, as a support staff member. However, she was told in January that her position was being eliminated because of restructuring.

“However the truth of the matter was that Atlanta Exploration Company dba Coldwell Banker Elite Realtors did not eliminate support positions, but hired other non-African-American and non-pregnant individuals to perform the same duties assigned to plaintiff,” the complaint states.

Hubbard argues that the company had been happy with her performance, citing a $2-per-hour raise she received in April 2015 as part of a favorable employment evaluation. She also states that she was required to oversee the office by herself in October 2015 when a manager was out sick for a month, and that she received another favorable performance evaluation and raise in February 2016.


Are You a Whitesplainer? (VIDEO)

by iHeartMedia’s Scott Crowder

Imagine “pajama boy” from the Obamacare commercials telling blacks he understands their struggle. The derogatory term for that is “whitesplaining” and it seems to be an example of the left eating its own.

Apostle Claver of Raging Elephants Radio says it’s ridiculous.

“The idea that they want to be empathetic or sympathetic or try to identify with quote unquote the ‘struggle’ to sort of bond, really is foolish.”

Claver says these pajama boys are embarrassing themselves.

“To me the whitesplaining or trying to legitimize one’s self as being somehow ‘white chocolate’ or something like that is just another vain and vapid attempt by the liberal left trying to be cool or to fit in.”


Tarrant lawmakers tapped to lead charge against mail-in voter fraud in Texas


Gov. Greg Abbott called on two Tarrant lawmakers to lead the way in cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud in Texas.

Abbott recently pointed to state Rep. Craig Goldman, R-Fort Worth, and state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, as leaders in this issue once the special session starts July 18.

“The right to vote is sacred in this country, and ensuring the integrity of the ballot box is one of the most fundamental functions of government,” Abbott said in a statement. “I prosecuted countless cases of mail-in ballot fraud as Attorney General, but the problem continues to exist today.

“I applaud Rep. Goldman and Sen. Hancock for their commitment to strengthen penalties for those who undermine the integrity of our elections.”

Curtailing mail-in voter fraud is one of 20 items Abbott announced will be on the agenda for this 30-day special session.


Trump Administration Sides With Texas on Sanctuary City Law Court Fight

By Jon Herskovitz

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The Trump administration filed court papers on Friday to support a Texas state law that would punish so-called “sanctuary cities” and is seeking to argue in court hearings next week in favor of the legislation it says will help keep America safe.

On Monday, a Texas border town and some of the state’s biggest cities will ask a U.S. federal judge to halt the state law known as Senate Bill 4, arguing it is unconstitutional, violates human rights and illegally diverts police resources from fighting local crime to enforcing U.S. immigration law.

The Republican-backed law in Texas, the U.S. state with the longest border with Mexico, takes effect on Sept. 1. It calls for jail time for police chiefs and sheriffs who fail to cooperate in U.S. immigration enforcement.

It was the first such legislation approved by a state since Republican Donald Trump, who backs a crackdown on illegal immigration, became president in January.

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a “statement of interest” with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio, saying the law will facilitate cooperation between the state and federal authorities.


A Texas candidate calls for a ‘Texit’ secession, biblical law, executions — but no wall


Texas’ favorite secessionist is running for governor again, which raises a touchy question.

If Larry SECEDE Kilgore gets elected, does that mean President Trump has to build a wall at the Red River?

“I don’t know why anyone wants to build a wall anywhere,” the Irving Republican said Tuesday, launching his third campaign to lead Texas out of the U.S. and into an independent republic under “biblical law.”

“The Rio Grande is beautiful. The Red River is beautiful. I don’t think we need a wall.”

Kilgore, 52, is well-known to Texas voters. In 2012, he changed his legal middle name to SECEDE.

He still believes in executing adulterers and LGBT Texans and anyone else out of step with his decidedly Old Testament view of society.

But that’s not his primary point in this campaign. SECEDE Kilgore version 3.0 calls for a new, independent Republic of Texas that will punish abortion as felony murder, close public schools and do away with Social Security.


House Dems press border states to curb gun trafficking to Mexico


A group of 18 Democrats have signed a letter asking the governors of states along the international border with Mexico to help stop illegal guns moving south.

Spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., the letter presses the governors of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas to do what they can to help prevent firearms making their way to bad actors south of the border.

“The devastating impacts of guns falling into the wrong hands transcend our borders and the increased availability of U.S. guns has fueled transnational criminal organizations operating in countries with track records of extreme violence, such as Mexico,” says the letter.

The letter references data from California-based gun control groups, Mexico’s crime rates, and a 2016 GAO report that found two-thirds of the guns given by Mexican authorities to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to trace in recent years originated in the U.S. before suggesting that border states should “institute greater controls” to reduce southbound guns and ammo.

“It is no coincidence that three of these Border States, Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico have gun show loopholes that do not require background checks,” said Grijalva in a statement from his office.

Action from the states challenged over their gun show laws, all helmed by Republican governors with track records of signing pro-Second Amendment legislation, is not likely. California already requires checks for firearms sold at gun shows.