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Texas land chief accuses land donor of 'jihad'

AUSTIN -- Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has accused a philanthropic group that donated the pristine Christmas Mountains to the state for conservation purposes of being on a "jihad" relating to his handling of the tract.

Addressing a panel of House lawmakers Monday, the outspoken land commissioner also suggested that he would not honor an expected U.S. Supreme Court ruling if it contradicts his views of Second Amendment gun rights.

The comments came during a meeting of the House Committee on Land and Resource Management. Members questioned Patterson about his handling of the mountain range in far West Texas.

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