“Made in Texas” Bills Exempt Locally Manufactured Firearms and Suppressors From Federal Regulations

Texas lawmaker seeks to protect locally manufactured firearms from federal regulations. Rep. Matt Krause (R - District 93) filed House Bill 915relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.”

The bill banks on the ninth amendment that grants the state the rights that are not expressly written in the constitution unless such rights were explicitly preempted by federal law. Among the special privileges is the right to regulate interstate commerce.

“The United States Congress has not expressly preempted state regulation of intrastate commerce relating to the manufacture on an intrastate basis of firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition,” the bill states.

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The rule would apply to firearms as described in Chapter 2003, Business & Commerce Code. Such guns were manufactured in Texas, have not traveled in interstate commerce, and are not subject to federal regulations including registration, or federal interstate trade regulation.

The second legislation seeks to exempt “Made in Texas” firearm suppressors from federal regulations.

Rep. Tom Oliverson (R – District 130) filed House Bill 957, “relating to local, state, and federal regulation of firearm suppressors.”

The bill states that “a firearm suppressor that is manufactured in this state and remains in this state is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce.”

Additionally, the component is exempt from federal regulations if it is manufactured from materials sourced in Texas, and such materials do not qualify as suppressors and are not under federal regulations. However, such a suppressor or component must have a “Made in Texas” label affixed to it.

Over 70 gun laws were filed in Texas at the beginning of the 87th legislative session, including several anti-gun bills. Although Republicans control the legislature, the pro-gun bills are likely to die in the committee stage if referred to Democrat-led House committees.

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R - Beaumont) promised to appoint Democrats to chair House committees despite opposition from a section of Republicans concerned about the fate of GOP priorities. Democrat-led committees have stifled any pro-gun bills, including the constitutional carry measure that has been reintroduced in the House several times.

If passed, the bills would complement House Bill 112, seeking to make Texas a Second Amendment sanctuary state.

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