Bill Would Ban Working With Feds on New Gun Laws

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The Texas House has approved a law that would ban state and local police from working with federal authorities on new gun laws.

Fort Worth Rep. Matt Krause said Monday that the bill would only ban cooperation on enforcing laws that do not also exist in state law. If a police department helps a federal agency enforce a gun law not approved by the state Legislature, then the local authorities would lose their state funding.

The bill is the latest version of a slew of bills introduced by conservative Republicans to impede possible new gun control laws from Washington. So far the U.S. Congress has not passed any new restrictions on gun ownership.

Opponents said it would put local, county and state law enforcement in a difficult position.