Under a measure advancing in the Texas Capitol, local police officers could be convicted of a crime for enforcing any new federal gun control laws.
The Firearm Protection Act moved to the House Committee on Federalism on Tuesday.
Rep. Steve Toth, a newly elected Republican from the Woodlands, said the bill would protect officers who defy federal orders to confiscate assault-style rifles and magazines containing more than ten rounds of ammunition.
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President Obama has proposed federal laws banning those kinds of weapons, but no such laws currently exist. Toth's proposal would create a Class A misdemeanor for enforcing any new federal gun regulations.
However under the federal supremacy clause, federal laws have authority over state laws, and it's not clear Toth's proposal is constitutional.