This bill (HB1076) was made completely toothless by Amendment #2 which passed with a 82-31 vote in the House. This Amendment prohibited any State funds from being used to fight any rule made by the Feds if any part of the bill was determined to violate Fed law or regulation. So, this bill is for show only. Legislators can say they voted "for" states rights and the 10th Amendment while voting for the Amendment which makes the bill null and void by any Fed action. Typical political stunt for the low information voters.
Really a wink and nod to the various state LEOâs that the state will not furnish or cooperate with these federal rules. Without state cooperation enforcement becomes a lot more difficult. This parallels Eric Holder picking and choosing which laws to enforce...goose meet gander !!!
After reading the bill and I found there were no amendments filed. There is a section that limits funds to entities that attempt to enforce federal laws concerning guns. Look carefully at Section 4 and specifically at subsection d.
It was tabled, not accepted, not denied. As best as I can tell, "tabled" means no-go here in Texas.
From the remarks on the amendment...
C. TURNER: I see them. So, representative, this bill is political posturing. We have a Supremacy Clause in the United States Constitution
TOTH: In 2008, the case of McDonald v. Chicago , Antonin Scalia, representing the majority of opinion, looked back on a very difficult time in Americans history. When slaves, who are now free, were fighting for their freedom again after the Civil War, whiteprior white slave owners took guns away from them.
And Antonin Scalia said preservation of the 2nd Amendment was imperative so that they could be free. There are 27 Amendments in the Constitution. And theres only one that says "shall not be infringed." In this amendment to my bill seeks to keep the attorney general from preserving this right that keeps all people free, and Id ask that we table it.
"HB 1076 - (consideration continued)
Representative Toth moved to table Amendment No. 2.
The motion to table prevailed by (Record 550): 82 Yeas, 33 Nays, 2 Present, not voting."
The third reading has been done and there has been a vote.
The results of the vote are not yet available.
The non-record vote document appears to be identical to the second reading recorded vote.
The Amendment 2 is from Chris Turner out of Grand Prairie, the same guy that wants to dog-rob the rainy day fund and give it to the Unionists over in the Texas Teachers unions.
Typical jackass. From the other side of his mouth he argues that litigation on HP 1076 would cost too much taxpayer money.