Rep. Steve Toth, a Houston-area Republican, has introduced a new bill in the Texas Legislature that would disallow state and local police from enforcing new gun control measures passed by the federal government, according to a Feb. 21 Fox News report. House Bill No. 1076 pertains to "certain firearms, firearm accessories and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas [and provides] an exemption from federal regulation and providing penalties."
The bill is currently being reviewed by colleagues in the House and will likely get support by Gov. Rick Perry, a long-time Republican who ran as a presidential candidate in 2011 and 2012. Earlier this week, it advanced to the House Committee on Federalism.
H.B. No. 1076, also known as the Firearm Protection Act, states as follows:
The guaranty of those powers is a matter of contract between the state and people of Texas and the United States dating from the time Texas became a state. The guaranty of that right is a matter of contract between the state and people of Texas and the United States dating from the time Texas became a state.
Last month, similar legislation was introduced in Wyoming which makes it a felony for any federal official to try and enforce President Barack Obama's new gun control measures, which are expected to affect up to 80 percent of American firearms, in the state.
In Texas, a Class A misdemeanor would be levied at any police officers attempting to enforce any new federal gun regulations.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
The bill also cites the Ninth and Second Amendments, as well as, Section 23, Article I of the Texas Constitution which guarantees "Texas citizens the right to keep and bear arms".
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