February 13th, 2013

Wyoming Oath Keepers President Boone Tidwell And Peace Officers Oppose Gun Grabbers


Updating: This just in from Boone Tidwell, sent to me to clarify misinfo in the original article by Rock Miner -

The article makes some mis statements.  The Liberty Preservation Act, HB 114 is an anti-NDAA bill and as you know articulates 22 seperate violations of the US and WY Constitutions.  My major objective is to educate the People and get them to understand the MYTH of fed supremacy.  After I informed the crowd about that myth, I told them that Liberty and Freedom  had better become a religious conviction that is unwavering or ALL freedom will be lost.  Salute to the Chief of Green River Chris Steffen for attending.  I could tell he was anxious and told the crowd how important he and his officers were to their security.  I am following up with the reporter from the Rock Miner with good information on these issues as well as Steffen.  He’s a good guy.  Approx 40 good citizens showed up, most with good questions re; registration/confiscation. I was asked to return if they could assemble an even greater crowd.  Folks appreciated the info and are hungry for more answers. – - Boone Tidwell, President, Wyoming Oath Keepers

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Wyoming Capitol

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[Editor's note: You'll have to sign in to read the article at its source, but here we have a copy of it from email for all to enjoy, without having to jump through commercial hoops. Wyoming chapter President Boone Tidwell tells me that the newspaper article has a few minor mis-quotes but otherwise is not a bad article.]

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Residents debate future of gun laws, enforcement

Residents debate stricter gun laws

RYAN JAMES/Rocket-Miner Staff Reporter
Posted 2/12/13
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ROCK SPRINGS — Questions about future federal gun control and local law enforcement’s reactions were raised at a town-hall meeting at Rock Springs City Hall on Feb. 11.
Michael Holland organized the event, which featured presentations by the Green River police chief and the Wyoming chapter president of Oath Keepers, a U.S. Constitution advocacy organization.
Rock Springs Police Chief Mike Lowell chose not to participate in the discussion in his official role, Holland said.
Holland said there has been increasing disregard for the U.S. Constitution.
“Over the past 30 years, the government has just run roughshod over the Constitution,” Holland said. “They’ve been regulating us into the Stone Age, and that’s the plan.”
Holland said he believes the federal government’s goal is to completely disarm all U.S. citizens.
Former Green River Police Chief John Love helped moderate the discussion and introduced the first speaker, current Green River Police Chief Chris Steffen.
Steffen said he believes his oath obligates him to serve the best interests of Wyoming’s residents without regard for federal authority.
“This country is very rooted with the principles of firearms. That’s why we have the Second Amendment,” Steffen said. “It makes pretty much all the other amendments possible.”
He said he has watched recent developments in the gun control debate.
“I understand what happened in Connecticut was a tragedy,” Steffen said. “But things now are just kind of out of control. … I personally think this is just a big old excuse wrapped up in the form of an agenda that’s been around for a long time, but that’s just my opinion.”
Federal enforcement agencies usually notify local law enforcement when coming to town as a courtesy, Steffen said.
“We still do have to work with federal agents. I don’t want someone who’s selling guns to sell them to convicted felons or people who shouldn’t have guns,” Steffen said. “It would be a pretty delicate dance to try to go up against a federal law enforcement agency.”
However, Steffen said he would not enforce a presidential executive order he believed to be a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
The second presenter, Boone Tidwell, spoke against the intrusive nature of gun regulations. He said there is a need for residents to become educated about gun regulation issues and voice their opinions to state legislators.
Tidwell said a former paratrooper established Oath Keepers due to concerns about what he believed were constitutional violations by the government to disarm some people after Hurricane Katrina.
“The old adage that, ‘We were just following orders’ is not good. It doesn’t work that way,” Tidwell said. “You can and will be prosecuted for violating the Constitution.”
Many people question whether local law enforcement would stand against a federal law usurping residents’ rights, Tidwell said, and most law enforcement officials would.
Tidwell encouraged audience members to contact local legislators to try to get momentum for passing a law next year that would make enforcement of a federal weapons ban a felony.
The Liberty Preservation Act to counter potential federal gun control died in committee during the 2013 legislative session.
President Barack Obama has proposed several gun control measures including banning assault weapons generally designed for military use and magazines that can hold more than 10 bullets.
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2 Responses to “Wyoming Oath Keepers President Boone Tidwell And Peace Officers Oppose Gun Grabbers”

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    Boone Tidwell Says:

    The article is in error in regards to HB 114, The Liberty Preservation Act. The Act is a bill to block enforcement of sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA 2012, indefinite detention without trial and annihilation of the American unalienable Right to due process. The following letter, from The Intolerable Acts center was sent to every member of the Wyoming House and was blatantly ignored by the elite leadership. Our Governor and most members of the House and Senate believe that Federal law trumps State law and, in error, they refused to allow the bill to the floor of the House even for debate, fearful of the federal Leviathon.

    http://theintolerableacts.org/docs/PCOK-WY-HOUSE-LETTER.pdf

    http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2013/Introduced/HB0114.pdf

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    Shorty Dawkins Says:

    Keep up the good work, Boone.

    Shorty Dawkins

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