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STATE LAWMAKERS & SHERIFFS VOW TO DEFY OBAMA
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http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/...s-on-guns/

Quote:STATE LAWMAKERS & SHERIFFS VOW TO DEFY OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS ON GUNS

— From Oregon to Mississippi, President Barack Obama’s proposed ban on new assault weapons and large-capacity magazines struck a nerve among rural lawmen and lawmakers, many of whom vowed to ignore any restrictions — and even try to stop federal officials from enforcing gun policy in their jurisdictions.

But their actual powers to defy federal law are limited. And much of the impassioned rhetoric amounts to political posturing until — and if — Congress acts.

Legislative proposals to pre-empt new federal gun restrictions also have arisen in Wyoming, Utah and Alaska.

In Utah, some Republicans are preparing legislation to exempt the state from federal gun laws — and fine any federal agents who try to seize guns. A bill in the Alaska House would make it a misdemeanor for a federal agent to enforce new restrictions on gun ownership.

Some rural sheriffs view the federal government as an adversary, with gun ownership at the core of that belief.

The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, based in Fredericksburg, Texas, encourages that point of view. Founder Richard Mack, a former sheriff of Apache County, Ariz., speaks regularly at gatherings of Tea Party groups and gun rights organizations.

“I will tell Mr. Obama and everybody else who wants to impose gun control in America, that whether you like it or not, it is against the law,” said Mack. “Now we have good sheriffs who are standing up and defending the law against our own president.”

While such proposals are eye-catching, they likely could never be implemented.

“The legislature can pass anything it wants,” said Sam Kamin, a constitutional law professor at the University of Denver. “The Supremacy Clause of the Constitution makes that clearly unconstitutional. Where there’s a conflict between state and federal law, the federal government is supreme.”

Interesting how states rights seem to be non-existent due to this clause, mmm
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They can make a law that issues a jail sentence if their representative votes yes.
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I just came across a new article on this subject that I thought everyone might be interested in. It lists 268 Sheriffs and 6 State Sheriffs Associations that will not enforce any new legislation that comes from Oland. It is very interesting to note that while not all Pa. counties are represented, there are 8 who have stood up and said no including Eric Weaknecht of Berks county. Big Grin
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