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Many More Sheriffs Vow Not To Enforce Federal Gun Control Laws

By Steve Watson

Following Oregon Sheriff Tim Mueller’s lead, three more Sheriffs in  parts of Oregon announced Wednesday in letters to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden  that they would refuse to enforce any federal gun laws that are  unconstitutional.

Crook County Sheriff Jim Hensley told local reporters “I’m going to follow my oath that I took  as Sheriff to support the constitution.”

“I believe strongly in the Second Amendment,”  Hensley added, urging “If the federal government comes into Crook County and  wants to take firearms and things away from (citizens), I’m going to tell them  it’s not going that way.”

Hensley told KTVZ.COM that he read Sheriff  Mueller’s letter and it spurred him to make a stand. “I said, you know what?  It’s a clear statement. He hit the nail right on the head,” Hensley said.

Referring to the recent mass shootings that have  been cited as justification to move to impose strict new laws, Hensley said  “Banning firearms and magazines, that is not going to cure the problem.”

“They are addressing the wrong topics,” Hensley  added. “Kids for years now play video games in which they have committed  thousands of homicides. I believe those games are teaching kids games they  shouldn’t be doing, instilling a mindset to kill as many people as in a video  game.”

Hensley’s letter, like Mueller’s, states : “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 Crook 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,” the letter  concludes.

In comments to the media, Hensley added “Some people go so  far as to ask, ‘Well, are you going to fight our military when they come to take  our guns?’ I say absolutely not – we’re not going to get into a gun battle with  our fellow citizens. But I will do everything in my power to defend their right  to the Second Amendment.”

In addition to Sheriff Hensley, another Oregon  Sheriff, Larry Blanton of Deschutes County, told reporters that he will also  stand with the Second Amendment.

“Right now, I support the Constitution and I support the  Second Amendment,” Blanton said. “I support our citizens and other citizens  rights to own and bear arms. That’s my stand. Always has been, always will  be.”

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer also penned a  letter to Biden, stating: “I will not tolerate nor will I permit any federal  incursion within the exterior boundaries of Grant County, Oregon, where any type  of gun control legislation aimed at disarming law abiding citizens is the goal  or objective.”

“We live in a free society,” Palmer wrote, “and firearms  ownership and the right to defend ones self from becoming a victim of a criminal  act or from a far reaching government attempted to enact laws that are  unconstitutional.”

Coos County Sheriff Craig Zanni wrote a letter to “the  citizens of Coos County,” stating

“I have and will continue to uphold my Oath of Office,  including supporting the Second Amendment rights of our citizens.”

“I will also continue to be an avid supporter of Oregon’s  Concealed Handgun License Program and in protecting the confidential personal  information of each license holder.” Zanni added.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin also sent a letter to the  Vice President saying that he “will refuse to participate in, nor tolerate  enforcement actions against citizens that are deemed unconstitutional.”

Elsewhere in the country, Kentucky Sheriff Denny Peyman of Jackson County, blazed a  trail earlier this week by assuring residents that he would not allow guns to be  seized under his jurisdiction.

“They asked ‘how are you going to pull these  guns?’, and I said ‘you are never going to pull a gun from Jackson County,” said  Peyman, adding, “I am responsible for the people inside this county… I couldn’t  justify, if Obama passes this, it doesn’t matter what he passes, the sheriff has  more power than the federal people.”

Minnesota, Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole wrote an open letter  to his residents to inform them that he does not accept that the federal  government supercedes State authorities when it comes to regulation of  firearms.

“I do not believe the federal government or any  individual in the federal government has the right to dictate to the states,  counties or municipalities any mandate, regulation or administrative rule that  violates the United States Constitution or its various amendments.” Cole  wrote.

Cole said that the right to bear arms is  “fundamental to our individual freedoms and that firearms are part of life in  our country.”

The Sheriff said he would refuse to enforce any  federal mandate that violates constitutional rights, and that he would consider  any new federal regulation on guns to be illegal.

In Alabama, Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning  told WHNT News 19 that his office will not enforce new gun control  legislation if he feels those laws violate the Second Amendment.

“The federal authorities can try to enforce it,”  said Dorning. “I’m the Sheriff of Madison County. I took a constitutional oath  to defend the Constitution of the United States of America, to defend the  Constitution of the State of Alabama, even if it takes my life. That is my  position.”

In Texas, Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith has also said he will not  enforce an unconstitutional law that takes away firearms from law abiding  citizens in Smith County.

“I will not enforce an unconstitutional law against any  citizen in Smith County. It just won’t happen.” Smith said.

In Florida, Martin Co. Sheriff Bill Snyder says that any gun  control legislation will not matter and it won’t change how he and his deputies  do business, because he is not empowered to enforce Federal Law.

Rest assured, there are many more Sheriffs, as  well as state and local police who know that they are not required to enforce  Obama’s gun control executive orders.

Richard Mack, founder of The Constitutional  Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, and a regular guest on the Alex Jones  Show commented “Now we have good sheriffs who are standing up and defending the  law against our own president.”

“I will tell Mr. Obama and everybody else who  wants to impose gun control in America, that whether you like it or not, it is  against the law,” said Mack.

The 23 executive orders Obama announced yesterday  apply only to the federal government, not local or state law enforcement.  Without action by the House, it is therefore unlawful to enforce the decrees on  sheriffs and other law enforcement departments across the nation.


Steve Watson is the London  based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, and He has a Masters Degree in International  Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a  Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent  University.


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