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Texas bill would charge police with crime for enforcing federal gun laws

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A bill winding through the Texas Legislature would charge local police officers who dare to enforce any new federal gun laws with a Class A misdemeanor.

Rep. Steve Toth, a newly elected Republican, brought forth his Firearm Protection Act to keep police from confiscating assault rifles and ammunition magazines that soon may be outlawed by new federal laws, according to an article from the Associated Press. The bill — touted by Mr. Toth and several legislative colleagues at a press conference earlier this week — moved into the House Committee of Federalism on Tuesday, AP reported.

A Class A misdemeanor in Texas carries a fine up to $4,000, imprisonment for up to one year, or both, according to the state's penal code, posted online.

Mr. Toth's bill would also give the state attorney general the ability to sue anyone caught trying to enforce new federal gun regulations, according to AP.

Mr. Toth said he expected a legal challenge to his bill, should it pass.

"It may end up in the Supreme Court," he said, according to AP.

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