Toth proposal would block cops from enforcing new restrictions
President Obama wants tighter gun laws, but many around Texas aren’t having any of it. And one local lawmaker is trying to do something about it.
State Representative Steve Toth of the Woodlands told KTRH he's filed a bill in Austin called The Firearms Protection Act.
“It will block police from enforcing federal law. If they choose to violate the law, they would be punished like anyone else,” Toth told KTRH.
His proposal would make it a misdemeanor for any police officer enforcing new federal gun laws. Toth says a lot of people behind him.
“We have mass support. In fact, it’s not the only bill like it. There are six or seven other bills like it out there,” Toth said.
Analyst Bill Miller told KTRH this proposal has him shaking his head.
“It’s grandstanding. It’s ridiculous. We can’t tell the federal government they have no jurisdiction in the state of Texas,” Miller explained.
But will it pass in the Texas Legislature?
“Anything that is pro gun probably has a chance of passing in the legislature. But I think wiser heads will prevail and say that we don’t really need to look silly,” Miller said.
But Toth has support from people like former sheriff Richard Mack, who successfully blocked parts of the Brady gun laws 20 years ago in Arizona.
“Texas is the most sovereign state ever. And what Representative Toth is doing is just simply representing solid Texas vales,” Mack stated.
Mack said Washington has no right to tell Texans what to do.