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Shooting Down A Law: Sheriffs Urged NOT to Enforce New Gun Control Law

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This is why our Sheriffs are IMPORTANT… They are the enforcers of the law in our counties across this country.

The head of a nationwide sheriffs coalition is calling on Vermont’s law enforcement officers to defy three controversial gun control measures passed by Burlington voters three weeks ago.

“Sheriffs have a constitutional duty to refuse to comply with such ordinances,” said Richard Mack, president of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. “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?”

On March 4, Burlington voters joined a push by elected officials throughout northeastern states to enact stiffer gun control measures. By a 2-to-1 margin, they banned the carry of firearms in bars and restaurants, authorized police to confiscate guns during domestic disputes and required gun owners to keep firearms locked up at home.

“It’s astonishing that people are so cavalier about violating the Second Amendment,” Mack said. “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.”

The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, which touts sheriffs as the highest law enforcement officials charged with defending the rights of citizens in states, claims that 17 police associations and nearly 500 sheriffs nationwide have pledged to defy unconstitutional gun control measures.

The thought that Vermont’s top law officers might publicly oppose gun restrictions isn’t a novel idea. Sheriffs in Colorado are refusing to enforce that state’s new background checks and ban on high-capacity magazines. In Connecticut, tens of thousands of residents are refusing to comply with a new state law that requires registration of guns and high-capacity magazines. In Saratoga Springs, N.Y., citizens publicly protested the state’s new SAFE Act last week by burning a thousand gun registration forms.

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  • John Burney Sr

    One step at a time, this has been comeing for a long time!!!

  • ADRoberts

    Grounds for martial law??????

  • Ivona Goe Holm

    Our Constitution is our law. All law enforcement swear to up hold the constitution.

    The oath taken by an enforcement officer is normally one that includes the source of the arrest powers associated with their position. Those in federal service take an oath similar to:

    I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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.

    A municipal, county, or state law enforcement officer may take an oath similar to:

    “I swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the State of (State Name) and support the Constitution and laws thereof; and that I will, to the best of my skill and judgment diligently and faithfully, without partiality or prejudice, execute the office of police officer according to the Constitution and laws of this State.”

  • Capt Parker

    “It’s astonishing that people are so cavalier about violating the Second
    Amendment,” Mack said. “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.”

    Not only is the City of Burlington acting in an unConstitutional manner, the City is committing TREASON and should be executed as enemies committing ACTS OF WAR again the Citizens of Vermont. By subverting the Constitution, they are acting to undo the Constitution and to undo this very Republic – the penalty for these actions is DEATH.

  • charlie

    the sheriff is the highest law enforcement official in the USA, in HIS jurisdiction. They have the authority to arrest and jail those people that were involved in passing these laws for conspiracy to subvert the Constitution of the USA. Lets start calling on them to do this. NO ONE is immune becauseit is a felony of the highest order, punishable by death. This includes with-holder, obumbler, reid, pullooosi and all the rest