Texas Firearms Protection Act to block federal gun control, make enforcement a crime

Bill: HB1076 (PDF)

Sponsored by Rep. Steve Toth, HB1076 (the “Texas Firearms Protection Act”) would make any federal law banning semi-automatic firearms or limiting the size of gun magazines unenforceable within the state’s boundaries. HB1076 states that state officials and subdivisions “may not adopt a rule, order, ordinance, or policy under which the entity enforces, or by consistent action allows the enforcement of, a federal statute, order, rule, or regulation enacted on or after January 1, 2013, that purports to regulate a firearm, a firearm accessory, or firearm ammunition if the regulation imposes a prohibition, restriction, or other regulation (such as capacity or size limitation, a registration requirement, or a background check) that does not exist under the laws of this state….No entity described by Subsection (a) and no person employed by or otherwise under the direction or control of the entity may enforce or attempt to enforce any federal statute, order, rule or regulation.” An offense under this Act is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to $4,000 and one year in prison.

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