Texas Moves to Block Police from Enforcing New Federal Gun Laws

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 sheriff, 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.

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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