Bills to fight possible future federal gun laws advance in the Texas Senate

by Claire Cardona, The Dallas Morning News  |  published on May 14, 2013

Texas Senate
A Senate committee passed three controversial gun bills Monday, which will now go to the floor for debate.

None garnered more debate on the House floor earlier in the month than HB 928 by Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands,that would exempt Texas from certain federal laws that would regulate firearms or ammunition.

Rep. Armando Walle, D-Houston, pointed out on May 4 that the odds are slim that the federal government will try to go after its citizens’ Second Amendment rights given that even a law on universal background checks died in the U.S. Senate. Opponents argued that the bill would cause the state to spend thousands of taxpayer dollars to defend an unenforceable law.

Also passed was HB 928 by Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, that would prohibit state agencies from enforcing in Texas certain federal laws that don’t exist in the state that regulate firearms, firearm accessories and ammunition. Krause said the language for the bill was pulled from a 1997 court decision Printz v. United States.

HB 1314 by Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, would make it a criminal offense for a state or federal law enforcement official to enforce federal legislation curtailing gun rights if that legislation is deemed unconstitutional in federal court.

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