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Should Sheriffs Speak Out Against Gun Proposals?

Several metro Atlanta sheriffs have come out against President Barack Obama’s recent executive orders tightening gun restrictions. Tell us if you agree with them.

Several metro Atlanta sheriffs have stepped forward in recent days to say they will not enforce a number of gun measures proposed earlier this month by President Barack Obama.

Some of the president’s proposals include a limit on the number of bullets in an ammo clip and a renewed ban on assault rifles.

In Cherokee County, Sheriff Roger Garrison said he and his deputies would not enforce “any laws or regulations that negate the constitutional rights of the citizens of Cherokee County,” nor will allow the enforcement of “Any unconstitutional regulations or orders by federal officers” within his county’s borders.

“In the aftermath of the recent criminal events, the president, vice-president and many members of Congress are attempting to exploit the deaths of innocent victims by attempting to enact laws, restrictions; and, even through use of executive orders, prevent law-abiding American citizens from possessing certain firearms and ammunition magazines,” Garrison wrote in an opinion published on Woodstock Patch. “I will fully exercise the power of the Office of Sheriff to protect and defend the Constitutional rights of the citizens of Cherokee County. My position is best stated by fellow Sheriff Tim Muller of Linn County, Oregon in his letter to the President. ‘We are Americans. 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.’”

Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren authored a letter with a similar sentiment, which was published by the Marietta Daily Journal.

“It is my firm commitment to immediately challenge and seek injunctive relief from any statute or executive action which violates the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the citizens of Cobb County,” Warren wrote.

Should sheriffs be speaking out against the president’s gun proposals? Do you feel that they should enforce any new gun laws, or do you stand by their decision not to?

Share what’s on your mind with us, and then return here to see what your neighbors in Paulding, Douglas and Cobb have said.

Lowell February 05, 2013 at 08:25 AM
Of course you don't need an amendment to make a law, but you may need an amendment to make a law constitutional. Conversely, laws can be voided by judicial review, finding they are in violation of existing constitutional principles. Where the line is can change in either direction over time. Every new law can be called into question against the Constitution. Some are obviously OK and some are not. That's why we have a court. I think the point here is if the advocates of much stricter control are so sure they are in the majority, then let them take their case to the people in the form of a clarifying amendment and put the question to rest. Smugly contorting the meaning of the Constitution only breeds contempt for the institutions involved in doing so. Glibly claiming that the Constitution means anything that the Supreme Court says it does, regardless of common sense, is just spoiling for a fight in the legislature and in enforcement.
Lloyd February 06, 2013 at 12:12 AM
You are saying that Police and Sherffs do not have a 1st Amendment Protection but Mayors Governor and Elected Officials has that Freedom of Speech Right.The Police should have the Right too.Just as you said that many are Anti-2ND Amendment,there are many out there in the Front Lines that are Pro-2nd Amendment.From what i get you are saying just the Anti-2nd Amendment Police and Sheriffs should be allowed to Voice their Opinion,to that i say you are a hypocrite of the worst kind that if someones opinion don't match yours ,then they are wrong.BULL
Lloyd February 06, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Paulding County Resident and Parent:I believe in the Constitution as a Whole ,not just certain Parts.A lot of Newspapers will use the Freedom of the Press to get their way,but some of them are the 1st to be Anti-2nd Amendment .I believe the above comment to wrote was right on the money.Good Job!
Lloyd February 06, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Jeff S.:Amen Brother
Lloyd February 06, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Lowell ;Good Job!

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