California Sheriff Strips Forest Service Agents of Law-enforcement Powers

By:  Bob Adelmann
California Sheriff Strips Forest Service Agents of Law-enforcement Powers

When California's El Dorado County Sheriff John D'Agostini stripped agents of the U.S. Forest Service their law enforcement powers inside his county, he was simply exercising his rights as confirmed and explained by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in Printz v. United States.

The CBS affiliate in El Dorado County, California, expressed surprise when it reported that County Sheriff John D’Agostini stripped agents of the U.S. Forest Service of their law-enforcement powers in his county. 

Wrote D’Agnostini:

I take the [standard of] service that we provide to the citizens of El Dorado County and the visitors to El Dorado County [which includes Lake Tahoe] very seriously, and the style and manner of service we provide.

The U.S. Forest Service, after many attempts and [having been] given many opportunities, has failed to meet that standard.

The writer covering the story, Laura Cole, asked law professor John Myers if D’Agostini could actually do this. Said Myers: “It looks to me as though the sheriff can do this.”

This isn't the first time D’Agostini has written such a letter. Back in January, when the Senate was considering bills that would restrict gun ownership, he sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden, saying:

The purpose of this letter is to go on record of re-affirming my oath of office and making it clear that I and my staff will never violate [our oath of office] by being pressured into enforcing any unconstitutional provision, law or executive order.

It is well-known and proven with facts … that gun control of any kind has no effect on the reduction of crime anywhere.

Don’t pass any laws where you are going to confiscate firearms and turn my law-abiding citizens into criminals.

The same writer for CBS, Laura Cole, quizzed D’Agostini about his intent if any Senate bill were actually signed into law:

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