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Texas Bill Would Make Enforcing Federal Gun Laws A Felony

Texas State Rep. Steve Toth (R-TX), with the apparent support of at least one of Texas’ most powerful politicians, will introduce unconstitutional legislation subjecting federal law enforcement officers to arrest and prosecution if they enforce new gun safety laws in the Lone Star State:

A Texas lawmaker says he plans to file the Firearms Protection Act, which would make any federal laws that may be passed by Congress or imposed by Presidential order which would ban or restrict ownership of semi-automatic firearms or limit the size of gun magazines illegal in the state, 1200 WOAI news reports.

Republican Rep. Steve Toth says his measure also calls for felony criminal charges to be filed against any federal official who tries to enforce the rule in the state.

“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 says his bill would make attempting to enforce a federal gun ban in Texas punishable by a $50,000 fine and up to five years in prison.

Toth’s bill is wildly unconstitutional. The Constitution provides that duly enacted federal laws “shall be the supreme law of the land” — a provision known as the “Supremacy Clause” — and thus states are powerless to nullify laws their lawmakers don’t feel like complying with or to arrest federal officials for carrying out their lawful duties. This Clause applies both to valid Acts of Congress themselves and to properly authorized executive orders, as the President’s power to issue an executive order generally flows from an Act of Congress. Strangely, Toth does not appear to question that his bill is unconstitutional. Rather, he told The Chad Hasty Show on Monday that his goal is to undermine the Constitution itself. In Toth’s words, “we want to do everything we can, especially as pertains to the Supremacy Clause. The Supremacy Clause gives the federal government — it basically trumps state law — which is wrong. And we want to do everything we can to undermine that.”

by Anonymousreply 1501/18/2013

Jesus Fucking Christ!!

This is why they hate us.

Fuck the politicians in the state of Texas.

I'm embarrassed for all the rational, educated, intelligent people in the state.

by Anonymousreply 101/16/2013

Sooooo... Dems are ruining the Constitution, but it's okay to undermine the Constitution if you're a Republican because it doesn't really count?! Is that the gist of it?

by Anonymousreply 201/16/2013

This might shock you, but Steve Toth is an ordained Evangelical minister and Tea Party member!

by Anonymousreply 301/16/2013

What a complete waste of time. It is not enforceable because, as the article points out, it is unconstitutional. No judge -- state or federal -- would uphold this.

by Anonymousreply 401/16/2013

Attention seditious idiots: ATF technology has improved since Waco. Instead of tanks, expect a few armed drones. Boy howdy!

by Anonymousreply 501/16/2013

[quote]Dems are ruining the Constitution

I'm so tired of stupid people.

by Anonymousreply 601/16/2013

Ah. The inherent and perhaps congenital lunacy of the Texas ledge raises its ugly head once again.

We settled this during the Civil War. Federal law trumps state law. The End.

by Anonymousreply 701/16/2013

Now can we let them secede?

by Anonymousreply 801/16/2013

Toth sounds like the name of some demonic elder god.

by Anonymousreply 901/16/2013

Gun fallout: Austin asking New Yorkers to move to Texas

| January 16, 2013

AUSTIN — The Texas attorney general has launched an Internet ad campaign inviting New Yorkers who feel their state's new gun laws are too restrictive to move to Texas.

Anyone accessing a variety of media sites from Manhattan or Albany starting Wednesday may be confronted with two pop-up ads.

One reads, "Is Gov. Cuomo looking to take your guns?" Another says, "Wanted: Law abiding New York gun owners looking for lower taxes and greater opportunity."

Paid for with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's campaign funds, the ads reference the nation's toughest gun control law. It was signed Tuesday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The ads link to a Facebook site proclaiming, "Keep your guns, move to Texas."

The site says Texas has no income tax and created more than 275,000 jobs in 12 months.

by Anonymousreply 1001/16/2013

Polititians should be free to introduce any bill they want, but if just one gets denied for not passing the smell test they should immediately be shot for wasting tax payers' money on it.

This muscle flexing song and dance shouldn't be financed with the US people's money. Enforce the laws about treason. Most if not the entire Republican Party (there's no point discussing whether the Tea Party is good or bad for the US) is the biggest and most fatal enemy USA has.

Now, cut to the 'But ... but, the Dems do it too which makes them worse!' knee jerk responses.

by Anonymousreply 1101/16/2013

R6 - if you're reading me out of context, then you're the stupid one. I'm saying Republicans blame Dems for shitting on the Constitution when this guy is proposing to do just that.

by Anonymousreply 1201/17/2013

In Texas, politics have always been about swagger and posturing.

If you can do this humorously, then you can stay in office as long as your like.

by Anonymousreply 1301/17/2013

Gov. Perry pushes prayer, not legislation, to fight violence

by Anonymousreply 1401/18/2013

Who is Texas Bill?

by Anonymousreply 1501/18/2013
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