Texas State Representative Steve Toth plans to introduce legislation that would make it illegal to enforce federal laws limiting or banning semi-automatic weapons of high-capacity magazines in the Lone Star State. Toth, a Republican, also wants felony charges levied against any federal agent who attempts to enforce such gun control laws in Texas.
Steve Toth’s strong and vocal stance against President Barack Obama’s gun control executive orders and potential gun legislation may signal a growing push back from states. As previously noted by The Inquisitr, multiple county sheriffs have stated they will not be enforcing and federal gun control laws in their state, which are felt to infringe upon the Constitution and Second Amendment rights, Fox News notes.
Oregon Sheriff Tim Mueller noted that his office is not permitted to enforce federal laws, such as deporting illegal immigrants. Therefore, Sheriff Mueller believes he should not be expected to toe the line on federal gun control statutes.
Texas State Representative Toth had this to say during an interview with 1200 WOAI News:
“If a federal official comes into the state of Texas to enforce the federal executive order, that person is subject to criminal prosecution At some point there needs to be a showdown between the states and the federal government over the Supremacy Clause. It is our responsibility to push back when those laws are infringed upon by King Obama.”
The Supremacy Clause is a segment of the Constitution that mandates that federal statutes are the “supreme law of the land.” Steve Toth has reportedly garnered support from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in the battle against federal gun control measures which could restrict semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazine clips.