Sheriffs' Resistance to Federal Gun Control Acts Makes Major Media

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
Sheriffs' Resistance to Federal Gun Control Acts Makes Major Media

Sheriffs’ refusal to enforce unconstitutional federal gun control measures has garnered national media attention.

An article published Sunday, December 15 in the New York Times, reported declarations made by Sheriff John Cooke of Weld County, Colorado. The story reported that in speeches, Sheriff Cooke holds up two 30-round magazines, one he purchased before enforcement of federal restrictions on magazine size and one “maybe” purchased after the regulation.

“How is a deputy or an officer supposed to know which is which?” Sheriff Cooke asks, as quoted by the New York Times.

The story goes on to report on a crescendo of resistance by constitutional sheriffs to play enforcer of unconstitutional federal infringement on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. The story reads:

Some sheriffs, like Sheriff Cooke, are refusing to enforce the laws, saying that they are too vague and violate Second Amendment rights. Many more say that enforcement will be “a very low priority,” as several sheriffs put it. All but seven of the 62 elected sheriffs in Colorado signed on in May to a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the statutes.

For months, The New American has chronicled the Colorado sheriffs’ courageous push back against federal tyranny.

Lawmen in Colorado are not alone in their determination to protect the rights of the citizens they swore to protect. 

Sheriffs nationwide are awakening to the reality of their role as the ultimate constitutionally elected county executive. Once aware of this role and its responsibilities, the lawmen are stepping up in defense of the Constitution, including the Second Amendment. As reported in January by The New American:

Elected sheriffs, as the top law enforcement officers within their counties, work for the citizens and taxpayers in their jurisdictions, not the federal government. Even the Supreme Court ruled that sheriffs cannot be compelled to follow federal dictates or mandates in a landmark case on gun control. Now, with Obama pushing hard for new restrictions on gun rights — finding strong support from some anti-Second Amendment Democrats in Congress and much of the increasingly discredited establishment media — sheriffs nationwide are putting their foot down to defend the rights of their constituents.

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