-By Warner Todd Huston
If passed, a bill introduced in the Texas State legislature would prevent state and local police officers from enforcing any new federal gun control laws.
The Firearm Protection Act, sponsored by Republican Representative Steve Toth (The Woodlands, Dist. 15), would stop Texas law enforcement officials from confiscating so-called assault weapons or large capacity ammunition magazines.
“There’s a federal law, there’s a 30-round magazine right in front of you – what do I do?,” Toth said to reporters. His bill, he said, firmly answers that question.
The bill would actually create a Class A misdemeanor for officials trying to enforce future federal gun control laws, making the police into the law breakers. The bill would also give states attorneys the ability to sue anyone who tries to enforce gun control laws.
Toth admitted that his bill would likely end up before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Richard Mack, a former Arizona sherif, recently stood with Rep. Toth at a news conference concerning new gun control laws and how they might affect Texans. Mack was a key figure in reversing provisions of the Brady gun laws in the 1990s.
“The federal government is not our boss. If there’s any place that that’s applicable and true, it’s the state of Texas,” Mack said.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/21/texas-lawmakers-seek-to-block-federal-gun-control/#ixzz2LhTQWtWB
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot’s office assisted Toth in crafting the bill but a spokesman said the AG’s office does not necessarily agree with the provisions for penalties for law enforcement personnel.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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