AUSTIN, Texas — A Republican state lawmaker is hoping to block any new federal laws that restrict or ban ownership of semi-automatic weapons or limit the size of gun magazines within Texas.
According to 1200 WOAI news, Rep. Steve Toth is planning to file the Firearms Protection Act, which would impose felony criminal charges against any federal official who tries to enforce gun control rules within the state.
Most agree that Toth’s proposed bill is unconstitutional. Article VI, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, commonly known as the Supremacy Clause, holds that the “Constitution, and the Laws of the United States … shall be the supreme Law of the Land.”
Toth is basing his bill on his belief that the Supremacy Clause is invalid.
“At some point there needs to be a showdown between the states and the federal government over the Supremacy Clause,” he told 1200 WOAI news. ”It is our responsibility to push back when those laws are infringed by King Obama.”