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Sheriffs Push Back on Obama Gun Control

January 25, 2013  | 

Screenshot via KOB.
Screenshot via KOB.

More than 90 sheriffs from mostly rural counties say they won't enforce what they deem unconstitutional gun laws from the Obama administration or Congress.

The sheriffs sent open letters to President Obama and began a media effort to "stand up against the unconstitutional gun control measures being taken," according to the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.

The Texas-based group released a list of 90 sheriffs who oppose Obama's gun-control efforts. The list includes sheriffs from more than 20 states as well as sheriff's associations in Utah and New Mexico.

Separately, Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff Paul Babeau also sent an open letter to Obama voicing his opposition.

The sheriffs began their opposition after Obama signed 23 executive orders addressing gun violence and outlined other measures including banning assault weapons and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

The National Sheriffs' Association hasn't taken a position on the legislation unveiled Thursday, reports the Wall Street JournalThe International Association of Chiefs of Police has historically supported gun-control legislation.

Related:

Out of Control on Gun Control

Tags: Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff, Gun Rights Advocacy, Sheriffs, Barack Obama, Second Amendment


Comments (64)

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Jerry @ 1/25/2013 3:14 PM

God Bless these Sheriff's. Too bad that the FOP and other organizations representing law enforcement dont join in. The response I got from the FOP is that they are monitoring the bills. I had time to read the Feinstein proposed legislation, and I would think they have also. I dont know even one current officer who works the street, that agrees that banning high cap mags and semi auto guns will do anything to reduce the threat posed by someone who is bent on killing people. How about judges and prosecutors that vigorously enforce current law and dont give "breaks" to offenders?

DPB @ 1/25/2013 3:16 PM

Praise be! Men standing up for what is right and God given! What will it take for the IACP and National Sheriff's Association to grow a pair? I guess they think they will be the new commisars when the final nail is driven into the coffin of the American Dream!

Brian @ 1/25/2013 3:19 PM

The office of Sheriff is an elected position and they don't have to worry about pissing off a democrat city administrator/city manager/Mayor or other entity that an appointed Chief of Police would have to take into consideration. I know many Chiefs agree with the stance taken by these Sheriffs, but in the interest of their livelihood they cant stand their ground in the same manner as the Sheriffs.

M4USER @ 1/25/2013 3:30 PM

Hats off to the Sheriffs who have the stones to take a stand on what is right - not what is politcally correct. The administration's executive orders as well as the current batch of anti-gun legislation has nothing to do with saving lives. It is nothing short of deplorable that Feinstein, Bloomberg & Co. are using the deaths of 27 people as a stepping stone for their long standing agenda.

Retired NY Boss @ 1/25/2013 3:37 PM

I wish some of the Sheriffs in NY would show this kind of testicular fortitude!

Tom Watkins @ 1/25/2013 3:41 PM

I am another retired cop that apposes any type of gun control, it is more dangerous to take guns away than leave them in homes so people can defend themselves. Assault weapons,you damn right they should be homes, home invasions usually involve multiple perpetrators, Biden's instructions to our citizens "get a double barrel shot gun" is seriously ludicrous, it only shows his ignorance and lack of knowledge on his part. This present administration has been playing word games to deceive our citizens, those like Feinstein have no clue, she is only shining up to Obama and Biden, hoping for a cushy appointment in DC

njmotorcop @ 1/25/2013 3:47 PM

Thanks to all of you for standing up to the most corrupt and subversive regime in our country's history!

colcbp @ 1/25/2013 3:49 PM

Two simple suggestions gleaned from work with countries who fought and survived through WWII before the USA had the political willpower to get involved. 1. Nobody other than active police, military or militia can own a weapon of war. 2. Every weapon is registered and you are responsible for it from day 1 until destruction, sold or until 5 years after it is reported lost or stolen, no exceptions.

Rick H. @ 1/25/2013 3:53 PM

God Bless elected law enforcement. Thats why I work for a Sheriff when I can. Too many City Chiefs are in love with Liberals and just like the National Sheriff's Assoc. and City Associations love the White House directions and ignore the peoples wishes.

john @ 1/25/2013 4:03 PM

Morons making a toothless politically motivated gesture. Sheriffs do not determine Constitutionality, The Courts do.

Capt. Crunch @ 1/25/2013 4:23 PM

Military and law enforcement can still keep and purchase assault weapons so what is the problem? I think a shot gun is good home defense and the projectile(s) have less chance going through your wall a striking your neighbor. P.S. I'm, not a Liberal

Brian @ 1/25/2013 4:26 PM

I 100% support the Sheriffs. Stand up against this mob insanity. Thank you. I'll keep doing my part and you do yours.

Sgt.D @ 1/25/2013 4:52 PM

And the biggest problem here NOT being addressed!?!? The CAUSE of these sensationalistic news blurbs?!?!? Something every LEO has and will continue to experience in our line of work-the MENTALLY ILL!
How about redirecting the money/blather they spend on trying to get rid of an inanimate object and use it for the REAL problem-the human with a skewed vision of reality.Get them out of our jails(which have become the new intake for treatment) and into a place that addresses their needs...
"The problem with political jokes is that we elect them!!"

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/25/2013 5:00 PM

Arizona...it didn't surprise me at all. Read the NEW YORK gun law that is now in effect. It is tougher than any other state or federal gun law ever written. It is impressive and it was done right. It also requires a back ground check to buy ammunition which is the number one loop hole in every other state. Their law does not violate any constitution rights and it is the best law ever written. I do not believe that people have unfettered rights to own grenade launchers like most the bloggers here but the Consitution also was written at a time when guns shot one round ball and it took 20 mins to reload. The second amendment applies only to the state militia but most gun nuts can't read and like the people that misquote the Bible they make up their own dialog. Deal with it and learn to read! I support and defend the U.S. Constitution not something that someone made up in their head.

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/25/2013 5:01 PM

The NEW YORK gun law also adresses the Mentally ill.

john @ IA retired @ 1/25/2013 5:24 PM

Let's try prosecuting criminals that use guns for a change. That might help.

ima leprechaun a$$ breake @ 1/25/2013 5:25 PM

god bless each and every one of them- we need more Sheriffs and Chiefs who don't kiss a$$ for a living-too few and far between!

Upsate NY @ 1/25/2013 5:32 PM

You would be right. Except, these 'assault' weapons are not weapons of war. they are simply nasty looking semi auto rifles. Functionally (except cosmetics) they are the same as hunting rifles except where they hold more cartridges. Which these laws address. In states where it is legal; all full auto's are federally registered since 1934... not that I agree with them!. N.Y. wimped out again making cop killer mandatory life sentence - I would say make it the death penalty; why does he/she deserve to live in prison??????? !

Larry @ 1/25/2013 5:35 PM

The international association of police Chiefs are nothing but a big social club that have conferences and do nothing. They act like the democraps thay are. NO BALLS

Blue @ 1/25/2013 5:42 PM

Well the Suprene Court has decided that the 2nd amendment does exist to protect the rights of individuals to keep and bare arms. You might look at what happened with the Chicago weapons ban. The New York law may or may not violate the constitution. Supreme Court justices usually are the one left to make those decisions.
As a law enforcement officer I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. In some cases I have found that politicians sometimes pass laws that are found to be unconstitutional. A few of these laws are on their face suspect as to constitutionality. In those cases my oath and duty require that I choose not to enforce those.
Some individuals who are talking about grenade launchers being legal or desired by those of us who support the Constitution are profoundly ignorant. That's a fact. I also noticed that name calling is the tactic of ignorance. Please educate yourselves. The next amendment the politicians choose to ignore may be one you do believe in.

DriverX @ 1/25/2013 5:51 PM

OUTSTANDING! These Sheriff's should be honored! The rest of the Nation's Sheriff's need to come on board with this type of Constitutional Support! Shame on the FOP, time and time again the FOP has proven to be the lackeys of the Political elite. Disgusting!

DaveSAM5525G @ 1/25/2013 8:26 PM

"Doing the right thing is always the right thing to do"! Our own national history shows this...One of many examples...Sand Creek Massacre CO. And yes there are always two sides to a fence! In the case cited the records show the truth!

William322 @ 1/25/2013 8:34 PM

While I do understand the rural view of such matters, I really,really doubt that any Law Abiding US Citizen will disobey a Federal Order to not comply with whatever gun laws may impact on us at any time. Think about it. Like it or not private gun ownership is about to change in the USA. I really don't want that to happen,but I am not about to expose my Family to Martial Law at my door step. I certainly am NOT a Liberal,but I am realistic. Sheriff Andy Taylor types are a little out of touch with what is about to go down. I really hope I am wrong about this !

BigBlue @ 1/25/2013 8:41 PM

Speak for yourself, William322. As a LEO with 15 years of experience after 9 years in the military, I for one WILL disobey any Federal order that infringes on my or anyone else's Constitutionally guaranteed liberties. You are welcome.

William322 @ 1/25/2013 8:51 PM

Big Blue, We are all on the same side here ! I seriously doubt you will give up your pension and serve time in the Federal Big House while another Man takes care of your Family. When you figure out the costs of Freedom, let every one else know,too. What is it that you really value the most ? Family,or some mythological ideal ?

John @ 1/25/2013 10:13 PM

Our founding fathers had no idea the 2nd amendment was going to evolve into possessing cop killing assault rifles. There is no need for them unless your military or law enforcement.

Morning Eagle @ 1/25/2013 11:56 PM

Semi-automatic firearms are NOT assault weapons and fully automatic ones have been closely regulated by the feds since 1934. The Founding Fathers did understand human nature. They tried to ensure that we would have the means to protect ourselves from the criminals and tyrants they knew would assail us sometime in the future. There is no such thing as a "cop killing assault rifle" but there are cop-killing people that often use firearms. We call those people criminals and other expletives and no matter how many more laws or regulations these treasonous politicians try to impose on lawful citizens, criminals will ignore them because it makes their targets easier and safer to deal with. We will only be pushed so far as long as we possess the tools to thwart their schemes of domination. They do plan to dominate and control our lives and will do so if we let them.
I am proud of the Utah Sheriff's Association and others across the nation for the stand they are taking. They are not rural Andy Griffith type simpletons. If or when it comes down to it I will stand with them on the line of resistance. Why? Because for me Freedom is not a mythological ideal. It is a tangible reality that millions have fought and died to attain or preserve and for me not to be willing to do the same would be a dishonor to their sacrifices.
The Constitution and Bill of Rights determine what is constitutional, not courts or sheriffs or police or the DOJ or university professors or whoever is in the white house. It was painstakingly and clearly written but for over 200 years it has been twisted, purposely misinterpreted to further political agendas, ignored when it was inconvenient, and quoted when it served a purpose. The courts interpret and issue opinions but it was never intended that courts including the SCOTUS, invent laws to suit themselves or for political agendas. If a thing is not right, it is not right no matter what some lifetime appointed black robe says.

Rainer @ 1/26/2013 5:40 AM

I think the times of the Earps of this world are over!
Automatic and semi automatic weapons belong in to the hands of soldiers and police officers! And be carefull with what is God given. The difference between you i..... and extremists of all coulors is not really big. I remember to Timothy M. and his "heroic action" in Oklahoma City.
Your children get killed with weapons, we shouldn´t find in a normal household!!!!!!! Oh, LEO´s too.......

Rainer @ 1/26/2013 5:46 AM

forgot something.....what are lawfull citizens?....those who kill children with lawfull weapons?????? Nearly all killings in the last month happend with lawfull weapons from lawfull citizens used by lawfull citizens....they will change zu criminals in this little secound / hour/ day before their "standoff"......and the others? They have their constitutional right to die! Great!

Fritz @ 1/26/2013 6:20 AM

The word assault rifle comes from the German word Sturmgewehr (storm or assault rifle) and was the name of the German MP44 a WWII weapon designed by the Nazi’s and used by them against American forces. I find it amazing that people tend to try and attach titles and meaning to people, events and political parties that we have denigrated as a way obviating any other explanations. I imagine that it adds credence to their position and they believe it supports them. I still believe that people should be held responsible for their actions and not any material items. We have become a culture where people just seem not to want to recognize that people are what they are and do bad things because they do not have the ability to deal with their issues and problems in a logical and responsible manner, and society as a whole seems to support that explanation and position. Actually name Sturmgewehr was selected by Hitler.

John @ 1/26/2013 6:52 AM

Our founding fathers wanted the 2nd amendment to cover soldier killing arms. Think British soldiers and beyond.

John @ 1/26/2013 7:24 AM

Cop killing assault rifles are weapons that will penetrate body armor
99% of the cops on the street today do not wear body armor that can stop a .223 or similar round. You want to protect yourself? Do it with a handgun or shotgun. There is no need for high powered ammo unless your a big game hunter. There is no legitimate purpose to have recreational weapons like the rifle used in new town ct. Our founding fathers had common sense, how would they react after the ct. Shooting?

lloyd hancock @ 1/26/2013 7:51 AM

i am sure glad that we still have a few people that walk around still with a wheel barrow out in front they will not get our guns if we dont give them up now will they

John NH @ 1/26/2013 7:58 AM

Every deer rifle or shotgun with slugs qualifies by that definition.
Add in 1903 rifles, M1 rifles (WW2), M14 rifles (Korea), etc.
And 45-70 pistols, 44 mag pistols, .223 pistols, etc.
Pandora's box is already open.

John NH @ 1/26/2013 8:09 AM

Our founding fathers had common sense - common people don't kill each other. But every household was armed, mostly with rifles.

Srteve M @ 1/26/2013 8:38 AM

It seems that all the killing increased since o bama got and stayed in office. Maybe we should BAN him!
It has never been this bad under other presidents, even that whore monger clinton...
...it's o bama fault STUPID!

John @ 1/26/2013 9:54 AM

No kidding Pandora's box is open, that's why there is legislation proposed. I haven't heard anyone committing mass murders in the us with a slug gun, nor a m1 rifle, just m4, ar15 or an ak47 type rifle. You can't deny the facts. Maybe legislation along parenting classes will stop future events.

John NH @ 1/26/2013 10:59 AM

M1 mass murder - Charles Whitman August 1, 1966 - University of Texas
M1 carbine, Remington 700, Remington M141, 12 gauge shotgun
16 killed, 32 injured

John @ 1/26/2013 11:17 AM

1966 really?? No wonder I haven't heard of one recently
Legislation evolves with the times. Our constitution was constructed with the basis that it can be altered. That's why there called "Amendments".

John NH @ 1/26/2013 11:52 AM

The 18th (Prohibition) worked so well that the 21st repealed it after 15 years of underground drinking and alcohol related crime.

So where will all those to-be-banned AR's and AK's go?

Frank @ 1/26/2013 11:57 AM

Sure would be nice if Law Enforcement in the New England states would grow a pair and take the same viewpoint on this subject. I'm sure someone will come up with a study that it was early years in day care, lack of parental guidance with both parents working, video games and Hollywood movies.

cm @ 1/26/2013 11:59 AM

Come on, do we really need military assault weapons with 30+ round capacity in the hands of the unstable? I think not. It's time to have a serious look at the whole pro gun hogwash. The NRA, US gun manufacturers, with their assorted lobbyists, private militias, and Second Amendment hyper enthusiasts have all contributed to the growing numbers of innocent victims of gun violence.
We should all be supportive of positive measures taken to curb these unnecessary deaths, and thankful that President Obama has the courage to push for legislation that will protect our children. God Bless America.

Frank @ 1/26/2013 12:23 PM

@ John will I can thing of many things this country does not need High Performance Cars, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Motorcycles, Drugs, People who continue to text and drive. All the above kill many people. Now we have an Administration that thinks they can flood the country with illegals for votes and tax money. More culture bring more problems and erode the American way of life. You should check the stats on crime in this country.

Iain @ 1/26/2013 12:47 PM

John@, You are a bit misinformed. Excepting a .22 rimfire and .30 carbine (Unless I am forgetting any others), ANY rifle round will defeat soft body armor, any cop knows that. Think of this, Chicago has banned handguns and "assault" weapons and they now have the nations lowest murder rate.....wait, ummm....no the highest...hey! WTF?

Marco @ 1/26/2013 1:29 PM

I wish people would just learn to read.

The 2nd Amendment reads, "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."

Nothing in that one sentence requires anyone to belong to a state militia. It DOES state that the right of the "people" to keep and bear arms will not be infringed. This has been confirmed by the Supreme Court many times.

The sheriff's are right in their refusal to enforce any laws that run contrary to the U.S. Constitution. Sheriffs, State Police, and Municipal Officers all take an oath to uphold the Constitution, and to enforce the laws of "their" state and municipality. Unless deputized by a federal agency state and local LEOs have no authority to enforce federal law anyway. So I am tired of hearing the pundits and other idiots say that the sheriffs are required to enforce the laws enacted by Congress. They not only are NOT required to enforce them, they are prohibited from enforcing them.

John NH @ 1/26/2013 1:59 PM

@ John
The unstable should not ANY weapons - guns, knives, swords, bats, cars, tractors, boots, etc.
So how do you enforce that?

Ferret57 @ 1/26/2013 2:01 PM

A rose is a rose is a rose (read a gun is a gun is a gun) - ban high capacity, high power assault type weapons and you only open the gates for another commodity to be smuggled uncontroled throught the south boarder (Mexico from South America where these wepons are prevalent). These will be available to anyone with the ready cash to buy. These will be undetectable, untraceable and uncontrolled. Don't get caught into thinking disarming will make you safer, criminals will always have access to the type of weapon being banned. What will you have - no knowledge of weapons type, out gunned and false security - As a LEO in Australia I have seen it happen here. Australia banned many types of weapons (including .22s - semi auto) and now gun crime/shootings is at an all time high.

John NH @ 1/26/2013 2:02 PM

@ John
The unstable should not have ANY weapons - guns, knives, swords, bats, cars, tractors, boots, etc.
So how do you enforce that?

Mike Smith @ 1/26/2013 4:03 PM

I guess the real problem is the line "that they deem unconstitutional". A sheriff upholds the law, he does not interpret it. Case in point, why the upheaval now? Where were you when automatic weapons were banned. When teflon tipped bullets were banned. I hate to tell you sheriffs this, but YOU are the ones that we anticipate fighting against when the tyrants take over. After all you are the "long arm of the law". Maybe stop this political grandstanding and find a way to lower the body count. We know you are elected officials and this opportunity to cash in on the blood of dead civilians is tempting. We would rather you told us what you are going to do about the problem, not what you are not going to do.

Bob@Az. @ 1/26/2013 7:45 PM

Man. I've read these posts so far and am amazed by some of you folks. "Cop killing assualt rifles"?? Have yet to see a "assault rifle" kill a cop. Most just lay there 'til someone moves them. Now bullets? Totally different story. "Cop killer bullets"? Another liberal media hype. And cm, crawl back under the desk in the oval office. Me, I took an oath before alot of you were old enough to walk and it didn't have an expiration date. Blues, stay safe and watch the crazies.

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/27/2013 2:14 AM

Amendment II
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.

This is a dirtect quote from the US Constitution. As written, I agree with it 100% and I will continue to spport and defind the US Constitution as part of my oath of office until someone re-wrtes the statute. If you want it to state your point of view change it using the democratic process, it's still only a piece of pasper and a work in progress. Reword it to include all weapons and ammunition and spell it out specifically and live with your mistakes beacuse we will sue you personally when trouble arises. The NY State LAW closes all loop holes and redcuces all magazine capacities and assault weapons and it covers not just firearms but stunguns, knives, swords, Kung Fu devices, OC and Pepper Spray and it is the best law ever enacted in the USA. It also covers the Mentall ill and covicted felons that used the not guilty by reason by insanity plea. No law is perfect by this is the best one written yet.

Cam @ 1/27/2013 2:50 AM

FOR JOHN NH My point exactly! Most anything can be made or used as a lethal weapon, so now what? I want to get the mentally ill folks treatment, and not just a dumping ground aka the jails. Jails are not equipped for this. Please tell your congressman, and senators that we need the money for mental health facilities-LONG TERM ONES TOO. There have been many mass shootings with under age kids who could not buy a gun, but they found a way to get them, hmmm. Maybe it is our responsibility as gun owners to secure our weapons? This does not have to be a complicated issue. Get families eating dinner together for a start. Daycare, parents working multiple jobs to make ends meet, latch key kids, these are issues that are at the beginning. We need to get real problems solved, and realize that it will take time to repair our families, etc. It did not get this way overnight, it will not be solved overnight. We need to challenge our government to solve real problems, and get rid of Democrat or Republican and just be 'We the people'. Whew, felt good to get that out. I am almost embarrassed of the USA, we have let ourselves go.:(:(

irv gadonniex @ 1/27/2013 9:03 AM

Come and take it good we have to stick together retired P.O.

Lenny biggers @ 1/27/2013 9:45 AM

Sheriff's from all over the us made it to this our sheriff did not go how can we push back unless every sheriff shows up to push back come on Cherokee County Sheriff and Muskogee County Sheriff show your support we voted you in office protect our rights

abk109 @ 1/28/2013 2:02 AM

To Ima Leprechaun: Miller v US (19393) - In dicta, the Court also looked to historical sources to explain the meaning of "militia" as set down by the authors of the Constitution:
"The significance attributed to the term Militia appears from the debates in the Convention, the history and legislation of Colonies and States, and the writings of approved commentators. These show plainly enough that the Militia comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense. 'A body of citizens enrolled for military discipline.' And further, that ordinarily when called for service these men were expected to appear bearing arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use at the time." A body of men, sounds like you're talking about the National Guard. When it comes to reading, one must look at all source material, including how the Supreme Court has held up on the Constitution...

fedcop @ 1/28/2013 3:13 AM

To all the Sheriffs standing up, thank you.

John, no rifle used in the Newtown, CT shootings.

Take care out there folks.

D.J. @ 1/28/2013 9:11 AM

Remember the Founding Fatherws pledged Their lives, their fourtunes and their Sacrid Honer!!!!!

Headman2013 @ 1/28/2013 10:11 AM

The people trying to tell others what kind of gun we should be allowed to have are the same people that buy what ever they want! This is America... we can speak freely... we can have weapons for protection or sport... I sadly voted democrat .. I am a war veteran and a federal employee... I do NOT own a (gun yet) but I believe in our rights and freedoms! If the 2nd amendment falls or becomes WEAK... the rest of the amendments will fall soon after and without any guns to stop this from happening!

Why do you "need" an assault rifle?
Why did Rosa Parks "need" to sit at the front of the bus?
A free citizen doesn't have to justify need to exercise their rights!

If you do NOT like guns or want a gun then fine. Good luck stopping a criminal with your 1st amendment right!

Criminals will NOT stop using so called assault rifles or certain magazine sizes. This means we will be limited and less armed than the criminals... Criminal wins!

Some of you might look at this as a minimal and non-issue but what if your wrong? We all lose our freedom someday because we gave a inch!

Martin @ 1/29/2013 8:16 PM

Ima and John seem to feel that the constitution is outdated due to technological advancement in arms commonly available. It is true that the guns used by the colonists were single shots as were the guns used by the most powerful army of the time they fought against. Did you know though that the guns used by the colonists were actually more advanced than the British rifles and that private people had---gasp---armed sailing ships just like the British army. Your insistence that the 2nd was written at a time when no one anticipated modern weapons should be balanced by the fact that no one writing the 1st amendment ever dreamed of the internet, cell phones, high speed printing presses, copiers, etc. If we were to follow your logic, then you should be required to exercise your rights to free speech by snail mail and call it good. As for accusing others of being unable to read, and misquoting the constitution, get current on the latest cases where the US Supreme Court declared that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental individual right and not limited by belonging to a militia or hunting club. Now, very slowly repeat after me, the 2nd amendment intended to protect the right of free men to threaten their government if and when it became oppressive. That includes law enforcement officers who become enforcers for the tyrants. As a former Sheriff, I applaud these brave Sheriffs for taking a principled stand.

Trigger @ 1/30/2013 10:28 AM

What are these sheriff's thinking about, do they really believe that
2nd. Amendment exists? Let's put control on the law abiding citizens of this great Country and not worry about the weapons that are available on the streets to the dirtbags who want to harm us.

John @ 1/30/2013 5:38 PM

Please note: I'm not the commi asshole above. It is true that the federal court justices have been interpreting our constitution. However, our founding fathers formed a Constitutional Republic (not a democracy as some people believe) where certain rights are inalienable. These rights were not meant to be suspended by politicians or their appointed judges.

Due to the feds corruption, willings to ignore the constitution and increasing attempts to control local law enforcement, I think the sheriff's (who support the Bill of Rights) should stop any and all support to the federal government (except for immigration). Stop responding to federal buildings/property, stop housing federal inmates, stop arresting federal fugitives (unless wanted for local crimes) and stop providing back up to federal officials. If a federal official is getting his ass kicked, a deputy shouldn't act. Unless, he wants to stop, say it sucks to be you and then drive off.

Paul @ 2/1/2013 12:20 PM

I am for the second amendment. I do not feel the need to own semi-auto/assult rifle or high capacity mags, but I am not against anyone owning it. Maybe I will change my mind someday, I don't know. If you can handle the responsibillities go for it. I want people to know what they are getting to when owning them. Please correct me if I am wrong. At one time the public was against law enforcement in using such weapons and the use of military clothing also. It was viewed to military like "Police officer are not soldiers.". I have no problems with it. If it gets the job done, go for it. I would be happy with a sub-compact 40 cal semi-auto pistol, but to each his/hers own. Just make sure you know the responsibillities. God Bless.

Paul @ 2/1/2013 12:45 PM

Correction. Maybe I will decide that I would like to own one someday.

Hoshi @ 2/12/2013 5:57 PM

One of them is the sheriff here in Burnet County Texas. We're behind ya W.T.

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