Oregon Sheriff: I Will Not Enforce New Federal Gun Laws

Posted on January 16, 2013 by

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Good for him!

KATU News reports:

ALBANY, Ore. – The sheriff of an Oregon county sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden on Monday saying he and his deputies would not enforce – nor allow federal officials to enforce – any new federal firearms laws in his county, according to a copy of the letter posted on the Linn County Sheriff’s Office website.

“Politicians are attempting to exploit the deaths of innocent victims by advocating for laws that would prevent honest, law abiding Americans from possessing certain firearms and ammunition magazines,” Sheriff Tim Mueller wrote in the letter dated January 14, 2013. “Any federal regulation enacted by Congress or by executive order of the President offending the constitutional rights of my citizens shall not be enforced by me or by my deputies, nor will I permit the enforcement of any unconstitutional regulations or orders by federal officers within the borders of Linn County, Oregon.

“In summary, it is the position of this Sheriff that I refuse to participate, or stand idly by, while my citizens are turned into criminals due to the unconstitutional actions of misguided politicians,” Mueller said.

Read more at KATU News

Crook County Sheriff Jim Hensley has also sent a similar letter to the VP.  We need more sheriffs to assert their authority, stand up to federal encroachment on their jurisdiction, and say “no.”   They are our last line of defense against tyranny at the local level.

Texas and Wyoming are threatening to arrest any federal law enforcement agent who tries to enforce federal gun laws in their states.  Let’s hope more states follow suit.

UPDATE: The Sheriffs of Yamhill County, Grant County, Josephine County, Columbia County and Douglas County have also announced that they will not be enforcing Obama’s unconstitutional new gun restrictions.

Cross posted at ThoughtsFromAConservativeMom.com

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