County Sheriffs re-assert Constitutional prerogative on Gun Control
New York Times reporter Jack Healy, offers examples of County Sheriff’s across the country not enforcing various gun laws passed by states.
Weld County Colorado Sheriff John Cooke, for example, is refusing to enforce a package of state gun control laws on the grounds that they are too vague and violate Second Amendment rights. Other Colorado Sheriffs are referring to enforcement of recent state gun initiatives as “a very low priority.” In Colorado, 62 elected sheriffs have signed on to a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the statutes.
In New York State, where Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed one of the toughest gun law package in the nation last January, two sheriffs have said publicly they would not enforce the laws. Cuomo responded by stating that the Sheriffs were setting “a dangerous and frightening precedent.”
In Liberty County, Fla., a jury in October acquitted a Sheriff who was suspended for releasing a man arrested for carrying a concealed firearm. After his re-instatement, the Sheriff said he was protecting Second Amendment rights.
In California, a delegation of sheriffs met with Gov. Jerry Brown asking him to veto gun bills passed by the Legislature including measures banning semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines and lead ammunition for hunting. Brown signed the ammunition bill but vetoed the outlawing of rifles.
Sheriff W. Pete Palmer of Chaffee County, Colorado, while feeling duty-bound to carry out the State laws, said he was unlikely to aggressively enforce them. He said enforcement poses “huge practical difficulties,” and besides, he has neither the resources nor the pressure from his constituents to make active enforcement a high priority. “All law enforcement agencies consider the community standards — what is it that our community wishes us to focus on — and I can tell you our community is not worried one whit about background checks or high-capacity magazines,” he said.
County Sheriffs across the country are re-asserting their traditional role as the highest law enforcement officer in the land. Elected Sheriffs play a pivotal role in the balance of powers that constitute the theory and practice of the American system of government. Sheriffs are elected to office and, as such, they represent the interests of the people of their respective counties.
Sheriff Cooke told the New York Times that he was entitled to use discretion in enforcement, especially when he believed the laws were wrong or unenforceable.
“In my oath it says I’ll uphold the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Colorado,” he stated, as he posed for campaign photos in his office — he is running for the State Senate in 2014. “It doesn’t say I have to uphold every law passed by the Legislature.”
Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation
Publisher of TheGunMag.com and The Gottlieb-Tartaro Report
Author of twenty books, including: Shooting Blanks: Facts Don’t Matter to the Gun Ban Crowd
Black & Blue: How Obama and the Democrats are Beating up the Constitution
Assault on Weapons: The Campaign to Eliminate Your Guns
Regular on TV and radio including MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, ABC’s 20/20, NBC Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Larry King Live,
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Alan Gottlieb Bio:
Dynamic and articulate are two accurate descriptions of Alan Gottlieb.
Alan is a Nuclear Engineering graduate of the University of Tennessee and has attended the Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems at Georgetown University.
He is recognized as a member of the working press, maintaining active membership in the Outdoor Writers Association of America. His articles have appeared in the Seattle Times, San Francisco Examiner, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cincinnati Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram and USA Today.
Alan is the Publisher of TheGunMag.com and The Gottlieb-Tartaro Report. He is the Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union, President of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, President of the American Political Action Committee and President of NoInternetTax.org.
His handiwork has received notice in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Time, People, Rolling Stone, National Review and Outside magazine.
Alan has received the prestigious Golden Eagle Award from the American Federation of Police, and was commended by the Kentucky House of Representatives for his “outstanding leadership in preserving our American heritage of freedom.” He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in American Politics.
Alan has appeared on over 4,400 TV and radio talk shows, including the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, ABC’s 20/20, The Michael Reagan Show, The Ken Hamblin Show, PBS All Things Considered, CNN Crossfire, Fox TV’s Crier Report, NBC Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, ESPN, Larry King Live, CNN Special Reports, Hannity & Combs, CNN All Politics, Fox News Channel, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, Piers Morgan, Lou Dobbs Tonight, Hardball with Chris Mathews, The Mike Huckabee Show, Al Jazeera Inside Story and Good Morning America.
Alan is President of Merril Associates, a noted direct response advertising agency specializing in direct mail, fund raising and public relations. He is also President of Merril Press, a non-fiction book publishing company.
Alan is also President of radio stations KBNP in Portland, Oregon, KITZ in Seattle, Washington, KGTK in Olympia, Washington, and KSBN in Spokane, Washington and former Chairman of the Talk America Radio Network and former President of the Universal Talk Network.
In addition, Alan is the author of twenty books including Politically Correct Guns, Trashing the Economy and She Took a Village: The Unauthorized Biography of Hillary Clinton, Alan Gottlieb’s Celebrity Address Book, Double Trouble: Daschle and Gephart Capitol Hill Bullies, and Gun Rights Affirmed, America Fights Back: Armed Self-defense in a Violent Age, These Dogs Don’t Hunt: The Democrats’ War on Guns and Assault on Weapons: The Campaign to Eliminate Your Guns and Black & Blue: How Obama and the Democrats are Beating up the Constitution, Shooting Blanks: Facts Don’t Matter to the Gun Ban Crowd.