Lawmaker wants federal weapons ban illegal in Texas

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by Tiffany Craig / KHOU.com

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Posted on January 13, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 14 at 9:12 AM

THE WOODLANDS -- A Republican lawmaker from The Woodlands says he's trying to make sure the federal government doesn't take away our gun rights.

Don't mess with Texans or their guns. That’s how state Rep. Steve Toth (R-Woodlands) sees it.

Toth wants to make any new federal weapons ban illegal in the state of Texas.

“This is a hardened state. This isn't a good place for a criminal to show up and start shooting,” said Rep. Toth.

So, he’s proposing legislation that would make any federal law banning semiautomatic firearms or limiting the size of gun magazines unenforceable in the Lone Star State.

“We want to make sure this legislation protects the Second Amendment gun rights and the Tenth Amendment which is state sovereignty rights of Texans

This controversial idea comes on the heels of another state lawmaker, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and his views about gun training for Texas teachers.

“In case we've got school personnel with a concealed handgun permit that are in that school and there's an active shooter, we don't want the children harmed we don't want the teacher harmed,” said Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Under his plan, the state would foot the bill for gun training. The decision to allow for concealed weapons on campus would be made district by district.

“You're not turning the schools into an armed camp with a lot of police officers,” said Dewhurst. “At the same time, you're sending a message if you publicize it to bad people, stay away from our children.”

But the lieutenant governor's idea isn't exactly sitting well with some parents.

“I don't believe in guns, so I believe in ban gun period,” said parent Tina Swangphol.

“Maybe there could be another way,” said parent Patricia Pittman. “I know they need to be trained, but it shouldn't come out of taxpayer money.”

The debate over teachers and guns will no doubt be a hot topic in Austin, but Rep. Toth believes his proposed Firearm Protection Act will easily pass.

Under his plan, anyone trying to enforce a federal gun ban could be charged with a felony in Texas.

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