Federal funding would be cut off to states that register gun owners or enact other gun control measures, under legislation introduced by Rep. Steve Stockman.
The Texas Republican's bill would end Justice Department funding to any state that "maintains a registry of gun ownership" or "conducts a program of gun confiscation directed at any firearm which is not prohibited by Federal law or any group of persons who are not prohibited from possessing a firearm under Federal law."
"In states like New York, gun grabbing politicians are using gun owner registries to hunt down law-abiding gun owners and demand they surrender their personal firearms," Stockman said in a statement. "My bill ends anti-gun tyranny by cutting off the funds gun grabbers use to implement their tracking and confiscation schemes."
"Radical activists in state and local government are stomping on the constitutional rights of peaceable citizens," said Stockman. "It's up to Congress to enforce the Constitution and protect civil rights like gun ownership."
Stockman is one of the most ardent gun control opponents. But he'll have little time to push his bill. Stockman is giving up his House seat in January 2015, having run a futile Republican Senate campaign against Sen. John Cornyn, which ended in overwhelming defeat.