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Vermont targeted by sheriffs who oppose new gun laws

A snow-covered Burlington, Vt. is the center of a new gun controversy.
A snow-covered Burlington, Vt. is the center of a new gun controversy.
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A nationally recognized sheriffs' organization has identified the state of Vermont, Burlington in particular, as the latest target in their mission to refuse to enforce what the group considers to be unconstitutional gun laws.

Richard Mack, president of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), told Bruce Parker of Watchdog.org and reported by Fox News, that his organization is calling for law enforcement officers in Vermont to refuse to enforce three new anti-gun measures approved by voters in Burlington three weeks ago.

At issue are three controversial measures that were put to the voters in Burlington. On March 4, voters joined elected officials in other northeastern states in passing stringent gun control measures in the hysteria that followed the Newtown, Conn. shooting. First, Burlington voters passed a law requiring that gun owners keep their firearms under lock and key at all times in their homes. Second, Burlington approved a measure that banned the carry of firearms in restaurants and bars altogether. And third, the anti-gunners in Vermont authorized police to confiscate guns in domestic disputes.

Mack states that these measures, in spite of the fact they were voted into law by citizens, are entirely unacceptable due to the fact that they are blatantly unconstitutional:

“Sheriffs have a constitutional duty to refuse to comply with such ordinances. We’re seeing sheriffs in New York oppose the Safe Act and Gov. Cuomo. If we have sheriffs in New York doing this, how much more should we have sheriffs doing it in Vermont?”

Mack says that his organization has information indicating that at least 17 various police associations and 500 sheriffs nation wide have pledged to defy unconstitutional gun control laws. Mack continues,

“It’s astonishing that people are so cavalier about violating the Second Amendment. Burlington City Council sounds like they are just following the trend to do things that are entirely unconstitutional and go around sheriffs, and go around the laws, or subvert the laws, or disobey the laws.”

Curiously, the mayor of Burlington was a member of former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's coalition of anti-gun mayors. But that organization is now practically defunct as news hit the wires that an usually large percentage of the mayors were indicted on various corruption charges, along with the damaging news report that the group's hidden agenda was nationwide gun confiscation.

Several sources, such as councilman Paul Decelles, and Bill Moore of Vermont Traditions Coalition, stated that the new laws in all likelihood would eventually be negated when Vermont's firearms laws are reviewed by the state legislature.

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