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Oregon County Sheriff writes official letter to Vice Pres on prospect of New Gun Bans

"ALBANY, Ore. - The sheriff of an Oregon county sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden on Monday saying he and his deputies would not enforce - nor allow federal officials to enforce - any new federal firearms laws in his county, according to a copy of the letter posted on the Linn County Sheriff's Office website.
"Politicians are attempting to exploit the deaths of innocent victims by advocating for laws that would prevent honest, law abiding Americans from possessing certain firearms and ammunition magazines," Sheriff Tim Mueller wrote in the letter dated January 14, 2013. "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.

"In summary, it is the position of this Sheriff that I refuse to participate, or stand idly by, while my citizens are turned into criminals due to the unconstitutional actions of misguided politicians," Mueller said.

[*]Read the full letter[/*][/list]Reached by phone on Monday afternoon, Mueller said he decided to write the letter after he and his deputies kept hearing questions from Linn County residents about their positions on the gun control debate.

“I told my deputies, ‘Hey look, I’m not going to turn otherwise honest citizens into criminals because of some misguided efforts from the U.S. Capitol,’” Mueller said.

He added he wants to “let people know that we’re here to stand up for them.”

“Whether it’s the Second Amendment or the First Amendment, it doesn’t make any difference to me. It’s just that I don’t think Congress should enact any of those types of restrictive laws and regulations, be it from Congress or executive order, that offends the constitutional rights of otherwise responsible and honest citizens,” Mueller said.

The sheriff compared his decision to not enforce any potential gun laws to the restrictions on local law enforcement from enforcing federal immigration laws.

He said if his deputies are told not to enforce those federal laws, it’s unreasonable to expect them to enforce any federal gun laws.

Mueller said he’s heard from a few critics already, but they were all from outside Linn County. As of 5:30 p.m. on Monday, the Facebook post with the letter had more than 14,000 shares and 10,000 “likes.”

“That’s the good thing about this country. We can have decent conversations that go back and forth without resorting to name-calling and that sort of stuff,” Mueller said. “People are entitled to their opinions and I have mine, both professionally and personally, and I made this one pretty well known.”

President Barack Obama is set to announce Wednesday his plan to curb gun violence in the United States. The plan is being hailed as the nation's most sweeping effort to curb gun violence in nearly two decades. Obama will urge a reluctant Congress to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like those used in last month's massacre of 20 elementary school children in Newtown, Conn.

The broad package Obama will announce is also expected to include more than a dozen steps the president can take on his own through executive action. Those measures will provide a pathway for skirting opposing lawmakers, but they will be limited in scope, and in some cases, focused simply on enforcing existing laws.

Obama will announce his proposals in a midday event at the White House, flanked by children who wrote to him about gun violence following the massacre of 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Law enforcement officials, mayors from across the country and supportive congressional lawmakers are also expected to attend.

Obama has pledged urgent action to prevent future mass shootings, and his plan — coming just one month after the Newtown attacks — is swift by Washington standards.



The president's framework is based on recommendations from Vice President Joe Biden, who led a wide-ranging task force on gun violence. Beyond the gun control measures, Biden also gave Obama suggestions for improving mental health care and addressing violent images in video games, movies and television."


Added: Jan-16-2013 Occurred On: Jan-15-2013
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  • I'm glad people of authority are standing up to these Federal criminals. Thanks to them.

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  • Nice!!! And now he doesn't have to worry about Obama or Biden visiting his county or giving any speeches there. Kind of like a bonus!!!!

    Way to go Sheriff!!!!!

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  • Gonna check out some real estate in Linn county Oregon.

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  • outstanding!..we need more!

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  • Glad to see that more sheriffs are standing up to the gun grabbers.

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  • If the law's unconstitutional, it will get taken to federal (or even ultimately to the supreme court) and get overturned. it's that simple. I'm really shocked at all the conservatives on this site who normally swear up and down by the word of the constitution but are now completely ignoring both federal preemption, which is explicitly set forth in the constitution, and the doctrine of judicial review, which is the most important SCOTUS decision of all time. All this huffing and puffing about More..

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  • Awesome to see all these great authority figures coming out against this tyrannical wannabe dictator we call a president.

    More power to them!

    FBHO

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  • From his website
    Our Mission
    .......The responsibilities associated with this mission include enforcement of city ordinances, county, state and federal law; maintaining the peace and order of the County....

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  • Great letter and 31 years of doing his civic duty proudly and being a public protector of the law. Sounds like a quality dude.

    Unlike some other notorious spaghetti-armed weasel my mind just conjured up whilst typing, not mentioning any names.

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  • Right-On!!! Too bad I live in New York. We have commie governor homo, who just violated our constitutional rights. I think a revolution is brewing.

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    • @ajames1812

      the civilian populace could never go against the u.s. gubbament. there's been detailed study after detailed study by many independant think tanks.

      let me give ya a scenario. you just formed a militia and im the gubbament.

      i just shut yer electricity off and dispatched a cobra thats gonna launch a missile into yer third world camp in ten minutes.

      whats up?

      and then there's hundreds of other factors like language barriers. have you ever wondered why ameriva doesnt enforce border More..

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    • @mongoose who is going to fly that cobra and fire on American civilians?

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    • @ajames1812 there will certainly be civil UNREST. People unhappy with their government are not terribly productive. Look at WW2, when the Germans invaded Russia most of the Red Army caved in. Not because the russians were poor soliders - they weren't - but Stalin had so destroyed and demoralized the Russians most were unwilling to fight for such a vile system. That's where we are headed. If not civil war, then Stalinist Russia...i feel a sudden craving for vodka.

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  • I will be moving to a state that recognizes Obama as a tyrant and a criminal.

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    • @CannabinolKid
      Obama will start a civil war.....it's already started.
      The same state divisions are apparent and growing similar to before the first war. Police, Sherrif of local, county and state law enforcement are ready to align against Obama. DHS tried to co-opt law enforcement in the gun grab......with poor result.

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    • @CannabinolKid There's a new book out called "Obama the destroyer" or something like that. The premise is the author simply studied Obama;s actions (rather then what he SAYS) and came to that conclusion. I couldn't read it, my blood pressure is already high enough, and it's preachin' to the choir. .

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  • More Sheriffs need to rise up and protect their community like this man.

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  • Here's an exclusive clip from today interviewing the President of the NRA, David Keene. He says Obamas' Presidency could be 'at risk' if he usurps the 2nd amendment on his own with executive orders.

    If anyone is interested:

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/keene-obama-gun-ban/2013/01/15/id/471594

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  • well lemmeh introduce you folks to a sherriff thats out of a job hahaha

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  • An unconstitutional law isn't a law.

    Man I live in the wrong country!

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    • @lemo Obama's a constitutional lawyer after all. He knows it backwards and forwards. Including how to destroy it, which seems to be the only thing he is good at. So the constitutionality of this may tie up the supreme court for years - or they too may have become so corrupted that they rubber stamp his executive orders.

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    • @Fine_Just_Fine

      I agree!

      As an outsider looking in to your society I must admit it looks like dark days ahead for you guys. Especially with Obama at the wheel.

      Best of luck my friend!

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    • @lemo yeah we will sure need it...everybody who claimed "obama's not after your guns" never figured on this tyrant's machinations the second he got his second term. After this monster, Hopefully we will keep any third world types out of the oval office for a while at least until I am dead and buried!

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  • This is unprecedented in American history as far as i know. More then half the country is telling the POS POTUS to get fucked with his new gun laws. The other parts of the country are hopeless blue states, that everybody in their right mind, gets the Hell out of at the first opportunity.

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    • @Fine_Just_Fine Id love to get out of CA but I like most cant (no $ or job) but youre right its awesome to see so many telling them to fuck off! BUT be warned this is all planned by the left they have been poking us constantly on all other rights they KNOW this one will push someone to act out (aka violence) they want a violent event so they can reign in guns once and for all. They didnt get it with Occupy movement so now they are directly going after 2A to get their event!

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  • He's got balls. Brass balls.
    Mr. Vice President, I'm the Sheriff, this my land, and I make the rules. Good on him.

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