Crook County Sheriff Jim Hensley has taken up an offer from his Linn County counterpart and fired off a blistering letter Tuesday to Vice President Joe Biden, vowing he and his deputies won’t enforce any new gun laws or regulations that infringe on residents’ Second Amendment rights.
Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller sent the vice president such a letter Monday, accusing politicians of “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.”
“We are 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.
Mueller also circulated the letter to other Oregon sheriff’s and suggesting they could send a similar letter, should they agree him, according to Hensley, who such on Tuesday, saying he “felt the same way” as the Linn County law enforcer.
“I said, you know what? It’s a clear statement. He hit the nail right on the head.”
Hensley’s letter, changed only by county name, stated: “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 Crook County, Oregon.”