A Sheriff in Oregon has publicly confronted the Obama Administration, saying that he will not enforce any Obama gun control laws that, in the Sheriff's opinion, infringe the Second Amendment's right to bear arms.
In a letter sent to Vice President Joe Biden, Sheriff Tim Mueller of Linn County, Oregon also advised the Administration that he opposed any federal gun laws "offending the constitutional rights" of Linn County residents, and the he would not allow federal authorities to enter his county to enforce such laws.
“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 noted.
Mueller said he sent a copy of the letter to other sheriffs around Oregon state and “there has been lots of good feedback.”
BEHIND THE SCENES, opposition to the Administration's proposed ban of assault weapons, high capacity magazines, mandatory registration and stricter background checks has created a groundswell of support for Sheriff Mueller and others. Public officials across the country have also spoken against the Administration's planned overhaul of national gun control laws. National data also show that the President's gun control laws may have unintended consequences, such as pushing mass shooters -- who can be stopped by police or armed citizens -- toward true acts of domestic terrorism, as indicated by recent attempted school and mall bombings in Maryland and Colorado.
Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman in Kentucky has also said he would ignore the planned gun laws and prevent federal enforcement of new gun restrictions in his county. Saying that Kentucky is a commonwealth, the Kentucky Sheriff continued, "I can ask federal people to leave, they have to leave. I can ask state people to leave, they have to leave."
In Texas, Republican Representative Steve Toth said in a radio show that "It is our responsibility to push back when [local gun] laws are infringed by King Obama." Toth said he would introduce legislation making it illegal to enforce the Administration's gun ban.
In the meantime, New York has passed the toughest gun control laws in the nation, raising the stakes in the gun control debate.
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