It appears Oregon and Texas are considering the same idea:
January 15, 2013
State officials in Oregon and Texas are vowing to fight
back against any attempt by the federal government to impose new gun control
The warnings come as
President Obama prepares to unveil a "comprehensive" plan to address
gun violence, based on the recommendations from the Vice President Biden-led
task force. The plan is expected to include a call for legislation to ban
assault weapons as well as a variety of executive actions.
But in Oregon, Linn
County Sheriff Tim Mueller wrote a letter to Biden Monday saying his department
will not enforce any new gun laws it considers unconstitutional.
Mueller said politicians
are "attempting to exploit the deaths of innocent victims" by
supporting laws that would harm law-abiding Americans. The sheriff said he took
an oath to support the Constitution, and laws preventing citizens from owning
certain semi-automatic firearms and ammunition magazines would violate their
Americans," Mueller wrote. "We must not allow, nor shall we tolerate,
the actions of criminals, no matter how heinous the crimes, to prompt
politicians to enact laws that will infringe upon the liberties of responsible
citizens who have broken no laws."
Meanwhile, 1200 WOAI reports that in Texas, Republican state
Rep. Steve Toth plans to introduce a bill that would make it illegal to enforce
in the state any federal laws restricting semi-automatic firearms or the size
of gun magazines.
Toth told 1200 WOAI that the bill would also call for
felony charges to be brought against federal officials who attempt to enforce
any such rules.
"If a federal official comes into the state of Texas
to enforce the federal executive order, that person is subject to criminal
prosecution," Toth told 1200 WOAI.
The warnings could be
the first wave of state officials pushing back against Congress and the White
House as they take up new gun control measures in the wake of the Connecticut
mass shooting. Obama and others say new rules to at least limit the size of
high-capacity magazines are overdue and could save lives.
Mueller, though, told
The Associated Press in a phone interview from Albany, Ore., that he felt
compelled to make his views known because sheriffs have not had much of a say
on the vice president's anti-gun violence task force. Mueller said his
constituents have been repeatedly asking his deputies about what will happen if
new gun restrictions are adopted.
and prohibited from enforcing all types of federal laws, including immigration
laws," he said Tuesday. "It would be unreasonable for anyone to think
that I would enforce a federal firearms law."
Mueller said some other
sheriffs expressed support for his stance, but he does not know of any who have
pledged to take similar action in regard to potential gun laws.
Linn County is largely
rural and politically conservative. Fewer than 40 percent of its registered
voters supported President Barack Obama in November. Mueller said most
households in the county have guns.
Though the letter might
add fuel to an already hot topic, Mueller said he wishes people could have a
civilized discussion about the issue, rather than resort to threats and
name-calling. He said he doesn't think the vice president is a bad person; he
just doesn't like the path he appears to be on regarding gun laws.
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