Jan 26, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits
Excerpted from The Arizona Republic: Three Arizona sheriffs have joined a small but growing list of sheriffs across the nation who say they won’t enforce any unconstitutional laws that may result from President Barack Obama’s push to reduce gun violence.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio,Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher are among the more than 100 sheriffs nationwide expressing concern about any legislation that would diminish the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Babeu posted a letter on his political website Friday morning that he sent to Obama on Jan. 16, informing him that neither he nor his deputies would carry out any unlawful mandates.
“I will also push for legislation which would make it a crime for any federal law enforcement officer to infringe upon any Constitutional rights of the citizens I am sworn to protect,” Babeu wrote. “Neither myself nor you have any right to infringe upon the 2nd Amendment Constitutional Rights of our citizens.”
Arpaio took a similar stance last week in a broadcast interview with KFYI-AM (550) radio host Mike Broomhead.
“I took 10 oaths of office, and they all say I will defend the Constitution of the United States and the laws of my state, Arizona. I take that very serious,” Arpaio said. “Now, if they’re going to tell the sheriff that he’s going to go around picking up guns from everybody, they’re going to have a problem. I may not enforce that federal law.”
Mascher could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon, but a YCSO spokesman shared with The Arizona Republic a departmentwide e-mail sent last week regarding gun-control issues.