Monday, January 21, 2013
Local Texas State Rep. Otto Files Pro Second Amendment Bill
Texas Representative John Otto (R-Dayton) has filed H.B. 553, the “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” in response to threatened federal Executive Orders that would unconstitutionally restrict the right to bear arms.
The proposed legislation nullifies all federal acts in violation of the Second Amendment and prohibits the enforcement of any federal law or regulation that attempts to confiscate or ban any firearm, limits the size of a magazine or the amount of ammunition that may be purchased for any firearm, or imposes a tax or registration requirement on any firearm or ammunition.
“My heart goes out to every victim of gun violence," Otto said, “but my head knows that banning or restricting guns, magazines, or ammunition won’t prevent criminals from getting guns and using them for evil purposes, and that good people need guns to protect and defend themselves.
“The Constitution was designed for times like these — when emotions run high and justice demands a response. But our Founders saw the wisdom in preserving our natural right of self-preservation and self-defense, and provided that our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. My bill is designed to ensure that for Texans, at least, that will remain true.”
Excerpts from Otto's bill:
"(5) The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution provides: "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
(6) That all federal acts, laws, executive orders, agency orders, and rules or regulations of all kinds with the purpose, intent, or effect of confiscating any firearm, banning any firearm, limiting the size of a magazine for any firearm, imposing any limit on the ammunition that may be purchased for any firearm, taxing any firearm or ammunition therefore, or requiring the registration of any firearm or ammunition therefore, infringes upon Texan ’s right to bear arms in direct violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and therefore, any such law is not made in pursuance of the Constitution, is not authorized by the Constitution, and thus, is not the supreme law of the land, and consequently, is invalid in this State and shall be further considered null and void and of no effect in this State. "
LD supports Representative Otto and his bill.
See the actual bill here as filed by John Otto.