While I’d love to applaud this, let’s get real. If Texas passes this law, which is similar to the one currently under consideration in Wyoming, how long will it take for the Obama government to take us to court to get the law overturned? I’d give it five minutes, tops.
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 says he will file his measure after speaking with the state’s Republican Attorney General, Greg Abbott, who has already vowed to fight any federal measures which call for restrictions on weapons possession.
Toth acknowledges that Eric Holder would take this to court pretty much immediately. He says he hopes that we have this fight out at the state and federal level, so we may as well get on with it. The problem, then, becomes the courts. Arizona’s perfectly sensible immigration reform got squeezed by the courts even though it does a better job serving the purpose of the relevant federal law than current federal policy does.
Still, it may be worth the fight. And if any state is to be a part of that fight, it ought to be Texas.