Today, President Obama introduced a sweeping package of gun reforms to Congress. Before Obama ever unveiled his proposal, the far-right was reacting with radical counter-proposals. In Texas, one state representative introduced a bill that would mandate the arrest any federal employee who tried to implement a law restricting semi-automatic firearms or the size of gun magazines:
Meanwhile, 1200 WOAI reports that in Texas, Republican state Rep. Steve Toth plans to introduce a bill that would make it illegal to enforce in the state any federal laws restricting semi-automatic firearms or the size of gun magazines.
Toth told 1200 WOAI that the bill would also call for felony charges to be brought against federal officials who attempt to enforce any such rules.
“If a federal official comes into the state of Texas to enforce the federal executive order, that person is subject to criminal prosecution,” Toth told 1200 WOAI.
The proposed bill is unconstitutional, as the Constitution mandates that federal law trumps that of states.
UPDATE: Mississippi’s Republican governor has now called for a similar measure.