Washington D.C. politicians and their allies in the mainstream media have frantically been pushing tough new restrictions on guns and ammo magazines, trying to manipulate public opinion in the wake of the Newtown, CT school massacre.
But the Sheriff of the 4th largest county in the United States has a message for them: not in my county.
Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio told a local radio host the federal government is “going to have problem” if they expect him to confiscate guns from private citizens.
Arpaio told Mike Broomhead of KFYI Radio in Phoenix, Ariz. that he will uphold the 2nd Amendment rights of his citizens:
“I took [multiple] oaths of office, and they all say I will defend the Constitution of the United States,” “Now if they’re going to tell the sheriff that he’s going to go around picking up guns from everybody, they’re going to have a problem. I may not enforce that federal law.”
Broomhead then asked “America’s toughest sheriff” if the feds passed a law banning ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, would his deputies confiscate such magazines?
Arpaio answered with one word: “No.”
Arpaio also said he would be upgrading the firepower of his deputies, including those he has deployed to guard local schools against would-be madmen like the one responsible for the Sandy Hook rampage. “My deputies, I said before, I’m going to arm all my deputies – a month ago I said before this – with automatic weapons and semi-automatic weapons. We’re going to be able to fight back. … I don’t care what they say from Washington.”
In opposing Federal gun laws, Arpaio becomes the Sheriff with (by far) the most constituents in the U.S. to do so.
Sheriff Joe also shows his camaraderie with many other sheriffs around the country who have similarly warned they will not enforce what they believe to be infringements on the citizens’ 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.
Similar sentiments have been expressed by sheriffs in Missouri, California, Kansas, Montana, Utah and in dozens of counties in several states across the country.
The Arizona legislature is also considering bills to ban the enforcement of any new Federal gun laws in the state.