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Rep. John Otto files Second Amendment Preservation Act to Protect Texans and Preserve the Constitution

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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 12:29 pm

Bill prohibits enforcement of all federal gun laws infringing upon the right to bear arms

AUSTIN – Texas Representative John Otto (R-Dayton) today 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 stated, “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.”

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