The list of law enforcement officers who say that they refuse to enforce any unconstitutional laws, including those that violate Second Amendment rights, continues to grow. One of the latest to join the ranks is Texas Sheriff Terry Box of Collin County. On Tuesday, January 22, 2013, NBCDFW reported that Box made a public statement of where he stands on the issue.
The statement reads:
“In light of recent events I feel I need to make a public statement of my views on this subject. As the Sheriff of Collin County, Texas, I have for the past 28 years served to protect and keep safe all citizens of our county, recognizing the trust placed in me with this profoundly important responsibility.
Unfortunately, the recent surge in the numbers of innocent victims who have died at the hands of unstable criminals has prompted politicians in Washington to seek to pass laws that would seriously erode the constitutional rights of innocent and law abiding citizens.
Neither I, nor any of my deputies, will participate in the enforcement of laws that violate our precious constitutional rights, including our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
As long as I remain Sheriff of Collin County, I will not participate in the actions of misguided politicians who seek to impede our citizen’s right to all of the privileges afforded by our Constitution.”
Box posted the statement on his Facebook page, to which he has had overwhelming support.
There are currently more than 40 sheriffs from around the country who have made a public statement declaring that neither them nor those in their departments will enforce any laws which they believe are unconstitutional. They feel that not only should citizens have the right to protect themselves, but that they, along with the members of Congress and all federal civil servants since 1884, have sworn an oath of office to defend the Constitution.
The oath taken is as follows:
I, [name], do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter; So help me God.
5 U.S.C. §3331
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A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
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