WOAI 1200 News reported Tuesday that Texas Rep. Steve Toth has had it with talk that the federal government may restrict his Second Amendment rights. Toth is concerned especially about limitations on the sale or possession of semi-automatic weapons as well as restrictions of magazine sizes.
Instead of complaining, he decided to do something about it.
Taking a cue from Wyoming’s HB-104, he intends to submit his own version of a Firearms Protection Act in the state legislature soon.
“If a federal official comes into the state of Texas to enforce the federal executive order, that person is subject to criminal prosecution,” Toth told 1200 WOAI’s Joe Pags Tuesday. He added that his bill as proposed would make any attempt to enforce a federal gun ban in Texas punishable by a $50,000 fine and up to five years in prison.
He’s aware that simply passing a state law won’t be the end it it — it’ll eventually entail a fight with the federal government.
“At some point there needs to be a showdown between the states and the federal government over the Supremacy Clause,” he said on the program, adding that, “It is our responsibility to push back when those laws are infringed by King Obama.”
Toth indicated that before submitting the proposed bill, he’ll meet with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Abbott is already on record as saying he would go to court to block any Congressional gun ban.
“I’ve been to the Supreme Court twice,” Abbott said in an earlier interview with 1200 WOAI’s Joe Pags. “I can tell you that these laws that try to restrict our gun rights violate the Second Amendment guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms. The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken on this issue twice.”
I imagine both Toth and Abbott can agree that gun control in Texas is really quite simple: Assume a steady position, align the sights, control your breath and squeeze the trigger. Now that’s gun control.
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