Skip to comments.Texas To Block Cops From Enforcing Federal Gun Laws
Posted on 02/24/2013 5:03:33 PM PST by Windflier
New legislation in the Texas State legislature, sponsored by Steve Toth (R-Dist. 15), looks to stop Texas law enforcement officials from confiscating so-called assault weapons and high capacity magazines. The legislation is called the Firearm Protection Act.
Toths proposal would create a Class A misdemeanor for police officers enforcing any new federal gun regulations. It also would establish cause for the state attorney general to sue anyone who seeks to enforce new federal gun regulations. It is one of several states-rights measures being offered by conservative state lawmakers nationwide in response to federal gun control proposals.
Theres a federal law, theres a 30-round magazine right in front of you what do I do? Toth said in an interview.
Toth, in a press release, wrote, The Firearms Protection Act or HB 1076 would make any federal law banning semi-automatic firearms or limiting the size of gun magazines unenforceable within the states boundaries. Any municipality, county, or special district trying to enforce a federal gun ban could face monetary holdings by the state and misdemeanor charges under this proposal.
According to Toth:
The Firearm Protection Act would do the following: Supports and protects our local sheriffs and law enforcement officers working hard to protect Texans 2nd Amendment Rights Sends a clear message to Washington by supporting and protecting Texans from the Federal Administrations unconstitutional overreach Addresses local Texans concerns for their personal safety
I believe this administration has now realized they have woken up a giant. All over the United States, Americans are crying out for something to be done to protect their 2nd Amendment rights. The American people understand this is not just about gun rights, but about all constitutional rights. They understand once you compromise one Constitutional right, all others can be in jeopardy, said Representative Toth.
Sheriff Richard Mack, a former Arizona sheriff said, The federal government is not our boss. If theres any place that thats applicable and true, its the state of Texas.
Attorney General Greg Abbot helped draft the bill. Along with Abbott, who has already filed over twenty-three suits against the Federal Government, Representative Toth will continue to stand with other Texans to encouraging the promotion of personal responsibility and liberties while actively guarding against outside parties attempting to erode the freedoms enjoyed by Texans so that the people of Texas may have more confidence in their government.
God Bless my beloved Republic of Texas.
As Old Sam Houston said: “Do right, and risk the consequences.”
Hey, if local law enforcement say they can’t enforce federal immigration law, then they shouldn’t be able to enforce federal gun laws.
Now that Gov. Brewer has sold us out to Barry and the ‘RATS, Texas is starting to look pretty good.
liberals should have thought of this before they decided cops didn’t have to enforce immigration laws.
Yup. When you selectively apply some laws, you create a lack of respect for all laws.
God Bless Texas, again.
I wonder how the Feds will take this...
I’m in AZ. Just curious, what has Brewer done?
As far as I'm concerned, they can take it dry, and without a kiss.
She jumped on the Medicaid expansion bandwagon with 4 other GOP governors. Once the fed dollars stop coming in to pay for it, it will be up to the state taxpayers to pick up the tab.
Don't forget that liberals are notorious for their double standards. They're perfectly happy to insist upon 'rights' that have no basis in the natural world, yet will fight to the death to repeal God's very own bequest of basic liberty to the common man.
Obama's national security force brownshirts will do the enforcing.
If it looks like the SS and it quacks like the SS....
My body wasn't born here, but I sure was. God has most certainly blessed this wonderful state.
The gumshoes do what they're told, dont'cha know. They don't think. They just follow orders. It's up to us to tell the legislators what to do, who in turn tell the gumshoes what to do.
To all those who don't follow AZ politics, Gov Brewer usually talks the good talk, but often succumbs to her innate RINO instincts.
Nice gal, though...
I guess it’s not really her fault. Barry and the ‘RATS scared the heck out of all Republicans (and Americans) last November. They’re all running around like the Keystone Cops.
Well, it's the people who make the character of any state.
John McCain would have been sent packing a long time ago if he'd been a Texas Senator. We got rid of Kaye Bailey Hutchison and sent Ted Cruz to the Senate in her place.
Of course, Texas isn't perfect. A good number of abominable rat bastards are from here, too, but it's not we conservatives who sent them to Washington.
If you're of a mind, we can use all the good conservatives we can get. Come on over!
We'll see. The bill has to pass into law, first.
I expect the feds will be even less happy with Texas if it does pass, which is perfectly fine with me. They can shove their anti-constitutional tyranny right up their you-know-what, for all I care.
Yeah, I am not native either, but I love it here.
I came down from Oklahoma. I’ll never forget 7th grade Texas History class. We had to memorize and recite Col. Travis’ “To All Americans in the World” letter from the Alamo.
I cried. As a 13 yo male, that was harsh. My native buds kidded me for months. Now, as a mature man, I have no regrets.
There is something special about being a Texican, or Texian, or whatever we call ourselves. I didn’t be born here but if I sing my song of death here at some point in my history, you may all know it was a good day to die.
As Col. Crockett said “You may all go to hell, I’ll go to Texas.”
I mean, that is beautiful right there. Yowza!
Oh..? Against an estimated 100 million armed citizens? Please - tell me more.
“Nice gal, though...”
How can she possibly be a “nice gal” when she gives in to her RINO instincts?
She is a RINO, nothing more.
As an Army brat, it seems I grew up in a hundred different places. All but the great state of Texas. For some reason, Dad was never stationed here during his career, so I only came to know the place after I had my own kids.
In 2005 I’d finally had it with the decline in California, and crossed the mental Rubicon of seeking greener pastures elsewhere. Friends on the net suggested that I give Texas a look. The wife and I came down to see for ourselves, and we knew right away that it was the place for us.
I was very happy with our decision, and only regretted having to leave our extended family behind, but at the time, I had no idea what a wise choice we’d made. I only came to appreciate that, after having lived here a number of years.
The proof in the pudding, is that I’ve never gotten homesick for California. Not even once.
Texas just might just be the State that saves America from the communists empire it is becoming.
With a splintered broomstick!
We also have Coryn!
She 'retired' because she knew she was about to face a challenge from the right that she could not win. You bet your ass we got rid of her, and Cornyn's next.
I'm certain that it will be. I've felt it in my bones for many years now. I do know that for better or worse, it's become the agreed-upon last ground of refuge and rallying point for real Americans.
Thank God I had the good sense to get my family here some years ago.
I’ve heard rumors that the ATF and FBI are recruiting local law enforcement who are willing to help.
That is a valid and legitimate viewpoint that I too have long held. If Obama wants to pick and choose which laws to abide by or to ignore then what's good for the goose is good for the gander.
The net end result is Anarchy.
So we may yet see the ‘blues’ and the ‘grays’ fighting each other in a civil war , again.
F U B O!
Obummer sure kicked a hornets’ nest with this gun issue. He should have let this sleeping dog lie.
Every state seems to have a wildly different approach to firearms, from talk of confiscation to plans for arresting federal officials. It’s near impossible to keep track of what your own state is doing, let alone neighboring states.
I can’t shake the feeling that the (mostly but not entirely useless) U.S. Supreme Court will be stepping into this gun-grabbing debate in a big way, and soon.
Yes, there is much to admire about Texas, and it’s support of citizens’ rights to own guns is one of them.
But let’s not forget the growing demographic problem in the state. Thanks to unending mass immigration, the state is becoming ever more Hispanic and less white. That means less Republican and more Democrat. Yes, I know, the GOP still dominates the state, but that is due to the party’s ability to routinely win over 70% of the white vote. That the GOP does a little better with latinos in Texas than they do in California is nice, but not that significant. The important thing is that the GOP is still losing the Hispanic vote in Texas, and the Hispanic vote is growing. If Rubio and Obama pass their amnesty and huge increase in legal immigration, then the situation will only get worse.
So how much longer will 70+% of the white vote guarantee victory in the Lone Start State? Don’t be surprised if Texas becomes a battleground state in the 2020s, if not sooner. Don’t be surprised if that execrable mayor of Houston wins a statewide race sometime down the road.
I hope I’m wrong, because Texas is of vital importance to the country. Without its electoral votes, the GOP’s shrinking chances becomes almost non-existent. But demographics is destiny, and despite the garbage put out by people like Rove, Rubio, the Bush family, and on this point even the otherwise admirable Cruz, that Hispanics are natural conservatives, it just isn’t so. As evidenced by their actual voting record, and polling showing their support for Obamacare and gun control, Hispanics are a natural Democrat constituency.
I don’t think Texas will suffer California’s fate so long as the white population in Texas remains conservative. That isn’t the case in California, and is a huge reason why the GOP is irrelevant in that state now. But in Texas, whites vote like whites in Southern states, and that may be enough to keep the state purple at least.
They may, and if they do, I expect them to craft their ruling in a way that seeks to head off or avoid a second revolution.
If they rule for infringement of the 2nd Amendment, they may as well hang up their robes on the way out of the courthouse, because their days as Supreme Court Justices will be numbered. As will those of every officer, appointee, employee, and elected official of the federal government.
This issue is hotter than the surface of the sun.
If it ever comes to gun grabbing by the federales...they may eventually get mine. But I’ll be knee deep in brass if they do.
That won't work in my Texas county - most Republican county in Texas and the sheriff has already put his name on a list that will not take federal orders to take guns or magazines. There is a Texas sheriff's association list that sheriff's are signing to basically say I'm not doing it.
It'll only take a few such incidents to stop a federal gun grab. The whole country will rise in horror over the spectacle of dead citizens and jackbooted thugs.
Unfortunately for the federales, it will also be the match that touches off something that they have no power to stop.
“Texas just might just be the State that saves America from the communists empire it is becoming.”
Unfortunately with the floodgates open for the horde of locusts coming in by the thousands from the peoples republic of California, Texas will be the bluest state in the nation in 20 years, at which point it will turn into Detroit, and the locusts will then move on to ravage the next conservative state.
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