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Title: ‘I’m Not Going to Enforce That’: Sheriffs Disobey New Anti-Gun Laws—Refuse to Disarm Citizens
Source: Free Thought Project
URL Source: https://thefreethoughtproject.com/sheriffs-gun-laws-disobey/
Published: Jan 28, 2019
Author: Matt Agorist
Post Date: 2019-01-28 12:44:25 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 120
Comments: 9

Klickitat County, WA — In reaction to the tragic shootings throughout 2018, Washington state has passed and is planning to pass a slew of new anti-gun bills that will make them one of the most regulated states in the country. But these bills are being met by resistance from an unlikely group. A handful of sheriffs is standing up to the “unconstitutional” nature of the bills and is promising disobedience.

Sheriff Bob Songer is one of these sheriffs who is outspoken about his resistance. During an interview with the Guardian, published over the weekend, Songer told the newspaper that the anti-gun legislation passed last November “is unconstitutional on several grounds. I’ve taken the position that as an elected official, I am not going to enforce that law.”

Songer—like every single sheriff and law enforcement officer in the country—swore an oath to uphold the Constitution, and now he’s overtly honoring it by protecting the Second Amendment.

As the Guardian reports:

Songer also cited ongoing litigation by the National Rife Association gun industry lobby and others which aims to demonstrate the laws violate both the second amendment and the state’s constitution. He also said that if other agencies attempted to seize weapons from county residents under the auspices of the new laws, he would consider preventively “standing in their doorway”.

In November, the state’s voters handily passed an initiative, I-1639, which mostly targeted semi-automatic rifles. As of 1 January, purchasers of these weapons must now be over 21, undergo an enhanced background check, must have completed a safety course, and need to wait 9 days to take possession of their weapon. Also, gun owners who fail to store their weapons safely risk felony “community endangerment” charges.

Feeling the wind at their backs after the ballot, gun campaigners and liberal legislators have now gone even further in the new legislative session. Bills introduced in the last week to Washington’s Democrat-dominated legislature look to further restrict firearms. Some laws would ban high capacity magazines and plastic guns made with 3D printers. Others would mandate training for concealed carry permits, and remove guns and ammo during and after domestic violence incidents.

The sheriff of Ferry County agrees with Songer and is also promising not to enforce the laws. Sheriff Ray Maycumber told the Guardian that he will resist the legislation as well.

Police officers standing up for the gun rights of the citizens they serve is rare, but it has happened before. In Connecticut in 2014, legislators passed into law highly restrictive gun control, gun bans, and bans on high capacity magazines.

The laws were so overreaching and unconstitutional that hundreds of law enforcement officers came together to resist it.

At the time, 250 law enforcement officers in Connecticut signed an open letter stating that they will not enforce the new anti-gun and magazine laws, which they considered to be a violation of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Also, some entire towns—law enforcement officials and politicians alike—have moved to become “sanctuary cities” for gun rights in the wake of the recent anti-gun legislation sweeping the country.

As TFTP reported last year, in Effingham County, IL, the town board voted in April to order its employees not to enforce any laws that would “unconstitutionally restrict the Second Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution.

Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler said the measure is meant to act as a warning shot to tell the state legislature that the county does not want unnecessary gun control measures, or for the sale of firearms to be jeopardized. The resolution states:

“The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms is guaranteed as an Individual Right under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and under the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and; the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms for defense of Life, Liberty, and Property is regarded as an Inalienable Right by the People of Effingham County, Illinois, and the People of Effingham County, Illinois, derive economic benefit from all safe forms of firearms recreation, hunting, and shooting conducted within Effingham County using all types of firearms allowable under the United States Constitution.”

As TFTP has reported, some sheriffs have even gone so far as to encourage citizens to arm themselves, noting that a well armed society is a safer society.

“In light of recent events that have occurred in the United States and around the world I want to encourage citizens of Ulster County who are licensed to carry a firearm to PLEASE DO SO,” urged Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum of New York’s Ulster County in a Facebook post, after the Paris massacre in 2015.

“I think it’s important to remind everybody with the way things are, you’ve got people coming in with long rifles just slaughtering people,” Van Blarcum told the Daily Freeman newspaper. He is hoping that next time an incident of that kind occurs, “there is an armed citizen around” to respond.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig, agreed, and explaining that police cannot be everywhere all the time, he noted that “if you’re a terrorist, or a car-jacker, you want unarmed citizens.” 

Indeed, as we have long contended here at the Free Thought Project, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Sheriffs who continue to acknowledge this and stand up for the rights of citizens to protect themselves, deserve to be recognized. Please share this story in hopes that other law enforcement officers across the country may take similar stances—as true change comes when good people disobey bad laws.

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

I think the same thing happen to David Karish(?) and the feds did not care what the local yocals thought. Evil has a way of sniffing out weakness and exploiting it. Commie bitches have no morals and will wait till the timing is right and strike.

Justified  posted on  2019-01-28   13:00:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: hondo68, GrandIsland, A K A Stone, misterwhite, Justified, IB Jensen (#0)

At the time, 250 law enforcement officers in Connecticut signed an open letter stating that they will not enforce the new anti-gun and magazine laws, which they considered to be a violation of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

250 good cops.

Computer Hope

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2019-01-29   7:50:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#2) (Edited)

250 good cops.

All 250 will raid your drug house at 0330 in the morning with a NKW after a drug buy at your house earlier the day before. Then they’re thugs. It’s nice how you pick and choose, to suit your AGENDA... what’s good and not. Typical disingenuous propaganda.

You sold your integrity for your AGENDA, years ago. What happened? We’re you busted by a warrant?

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2019-01-29   8:10:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: GrandIsland (#3) (Edited)

It's pretty obvious to anyone with a brain (guess that leaves you out) that these sheriffs support the constitution and the right to bear arms.

The question is - why don't you?

All 250 will raid your drug house at 0330 in the morning with a NKW after a drug buy at your house earlier the day before.

No drugs in my house.

Computer Hope

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2019-01-29   8:59:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Deckard, *Bang List* (#2) (Edited)

250 good cops.

I am not going to enforce that law.”

Some of them might have been "scared straight" by the Patriots of CT. Very few gun-owners registered their firearms & mags as required by some illegal legislation.

The fact that he refers to the illegal legislation as "law" shows that he's not living in reality. It's crap passed by the biggest organized crime mobsters, aka "government".


hondo68  posted on  2019-01-29   12:36:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: GrandIsland (#3)

All 250 will raid your drug house at 0330 in the morning with a NKW after a drug buy at your house earlier the day before. Then they’re thugs. It’s nice how you pick and choose, to suit your AGENDA... what’s good and not. Typical disingenuous propaganda.

Yes,they will. That is the excuse and method they will use to weasel out of keeping their word.

You sold your integrity for your AGENDA, years ago.

MY "agenda" is to see the US Constitution,complete with the Bill of Rights,survive as the ultimate law of the land.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2019-01-30   9:56:55 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Deckard (#4) (Edited)

No drugs in my house.

Oh,well! You have nothing to worry about then,do you? We all KNOW the cops would never intentionally raid a house looking for drugs in order to try to get the home owner to resist so they can shoot him or just lock him up for assault,right?

Then again,we all know how calm those roided-up SWAT teams can be when they come a-knockknock,knocking,kick your door in and start screaming "Freeze,motherfuckers,or I will blow your goddamn head off!",right?

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2019-01-30   9:59:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: sneakypete, GrandIsland (#7)

No drugs in my house.

Oh,well! You have nothing to worry about then,do you? We all KNOW the cops would never intentionally raid a house looking for drugs in order to try to get the home owner to resist so they can shoot him or just lock him up for assault,right?

Of course - cops NEVER raid the wrong house or SWAT team a residence on shoddy intel and find out there's no drugs inside.

Also they never destroy someone's home looking for non-existent drugs and then not compensate the homeowner.

Yeah - I feel much safer now.

Computer Hope

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2019-01-30   10:16:50 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Deckard (#8)

Yeah - I feel much safer now.

I do feel safe,but only because the local cops know me,and know better than to try to kick my door in.

One time before there was some sort of misunderstanding,and one deputy that knows me pretty good came up here by himself,knocked on my door,and told me what the problem was and why I had to go with him.

I told him "No problem. Let me lock up and I will be right with you." Rode off to the courthouse with him with me sitting in the front seat of the cruiser. The man had a job to do and he was trying to do it,and I can respect that.

I am polite and non-threatening to anyone and everyone who is polite and non-threatening to me. I do NOT respond well to threats,though,and even less well to actual attacks.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2019-01-30   15:16:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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