Texans have loved guns longer than the Lone Star State has been in the United States.
One Texas lawmaker is pushing to keep a possible federal ban on the purchase of certain firearms out of the state.
Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, is authoring the Firearm Protection Act, which he says would "make any federal law banning semiautomatic firearms or limiting the size of gun magazines unenforceable within the state's boundaries."
The bill would also make it a felony to enforce any such federal law.
Toth told reporters that his phone and email has been inundated with calls of support.
"It's not going to be hard to get people behind this," he said. "The level of excitement is already there for it."
Gun owners and gun rights advocates say they like the idea.
"I am definitely in favor of keeping our firearms, keeping our magazines, keeping the right to bear arms," said Tom Mannewitz, who runs the Target Master gun store and range in Garland.
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