Linn County sheriff to Biden: I won’t enforce ‘unconstitutional restrictions’ on firearms


The Linn County sheriff says that he will not allow his deputies to enforce any potential new firearm regulations that he deems “unconstitutional.”In a letter addressed to Vice President Joe Biden, dated Jan. 14, and posted on the agency’s Facebook page Tuesday, Sheriff Tim Mueller took aim at lawmakers. “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,” the sheriff wrote. Mueller, a 28-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, claims that lawmakers are “exploiting recent criminal events” to “prevent honest, law abiding Americans from possessing certain firearms and ammunition magazines.”He goes on to write that, "Any federal regulation enacted by Congress or by executive order of the President offending the constitutional rights of my citizens shall not be enforced by me or by my deputies, nor will I permit the enforcement of any unconstitutional regulations or orders by federal officers within the borders of Linn County Oregon.”Mueller does not specify what he considers to be unconstitutional. This comes as the president is set to propose broad measures Wednesday urging Congress to ban military-style assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines, according to the Associated Press. -- Faris Tanyos

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