‘Linn County, Sheriff Tim Mueller displays a copy of the letter he sent to Vice President Joe Biden, at his office in Albany, Ore., Tuesday Jan. 15, 2013. Sheriff Mueller says that his department will not enforce any federal regulation requiring the sheriff’s office to disarm law abiding citizens. (AP Photo/Albany Democrat-Herald, Mark Ylen)’
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By KVAL.com and KATU.com Staff Published: Jan 15, 2013
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.
Crook County Sheriff Jim Hensley said Tuesday he sent the same letter to Biden that was sent Monday by Linn County Sheriff Mueller.
Hensley told KTVZ officials should consider other factors that may have a role in mass shootings, such as violent video games.
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.”
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