Gun rights advocates back abortion providers in legal fight over citizen lawsuits

Recapping the week in Texas politics with the Texas Tribune.

By Wells DunbarNovember 5, 2021 1:25 pm, , , ,

They say that politics makes strange bedfellows –  and that’s definitely the case among some of the opposition to Texas’ new abortion ban, James Barragán reports for the Texas Tribune.

Abortion providers oppose the law, but perhaps more surprisingly, so does a gun rights group called the Firearms Policy Coalition.

“They submitted a legal brief to the Supreme Court saying they have an issue with this law,” Barragán said.

At stake: the unique enforcement mechanism of the Texas law, which isn’t enforced by the state, but via private lawsuits.

“Because, what if a blue state, a Democratic state, enacts a law that restricts gun rights? And they use the same type of enforcement mechanism, where it’s just private citizens doing the enforcement?” Barragán said. “That would make it very difficult for gun rights advocates to challenge a state law in federal court. And that was a big topic of conversation at the Supreme Court oral arguments this week.”

For more on the story, plus news on the U.S. Justice Department lawsuit over Texas’ new voting law, listen in the audio player above.

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