Rep. Mark Jennings (R-Sheridan County) and 13 cosponsors have filed Bill HB0118 known as the Second Amendment Preservation Act that aims to protect the Second Amendment rights from infringement by the Federal government. The bill lists various federal acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, court orders, and general regulations that amount to infringement of the Second Amendment and the proposed consequences for breaching the law.
The offenses listed under the Second Amendment Preservation Act include:
Imposing any form of taxation, levy, fee or stamps on any type of firearms, gun accessories, and ammunition which is not common to other types of non-firearm goods for the sake of discouraging law-abiding citizens from purchasing gun-related items.
Actions that amount to registration or tracking of firearms, ammunition or accessories aimed at scaring law-abiding citizens from purchasing firearms
Any laws or actions that amount to any form of registration or tracking of firearm owners for the sake of scaring them from owning or purchasing firearms.
Any laws or actions forbidding ownership, use, or transfer of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
Any orders demanding confiscation of firearms from law-abiding citizens.
The Second Amendment Preservation Act invalidates any Federal laws, regulations, or orders that amount to any of the listed offenses whether they were passed before or after this bill.
The state courts and law enforcement agencies will be required to protect citizens' rights against any of these actions. In addition, any state official who infringes on residents’ rights by carrying out any of these actions will be liable for damages to the affected individuals.
Any Federal or state official who infringes on these rights or provides any form of assistance to such actions will be disqualified from working in the state.
The sponsors of the bill filed it during the 2020 budget session and, therefore, it requires a three-quarters majority to be introduced. Given the Republican's domination of both chambers and the sponsors’ enthusiasm, it is highly likely that it will succeed.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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