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    sheriffs: ignore gun-control laws

    NYT notices hot new trend among sheriffs: ignore gun-control laws


    What happens when legislatures pass unworkable or just plain stupid laws? Thanks to the innovators at the White House, who love to ignore laws in their own signature legislation when they become inconvenient (like employer mandates in ObamaCare), other executive-branch enforcement agencies have begun to follow suit. The New York Times reports that law-enforcement agencies are taking the Obama administration lead on ignoring laws about which the White House probably cares a lot more:
    When Sheriff John Cooke of Weld County explains in speeches why he is not enforcing the state?s new gun laws, he holds up two 30-round magazines. One, he says, he had before July 1, when the law banning the possession, sale or transfer of the large-capacity magazines went into effect. The other, he ?maybe? obtained afterward.
    He shuffles the magazines, which look identical, and then challenges the audience to tell the difference.
    ?How is a deputy or an officer supposed to know which is which?? he asks.
    It?s not just Colorado where law enforcement is refusing to enforce the unenforceable, either. Governor Andrew Cuomo had to correct a badly-written and hastily-passed gun-control law, but police in New York aren?t any more interested in enforcing it than their brethren in Colorado:
    In New York State, where Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed one of the toughest gun law packages in the nation last January, two sheriffs have said publicly they would not enforce the laws ? inaction that Mr. Cuomo said would set ?a dangerous and frightening precedent.? The sheriffs? refusal is unlikely to have much effect in the state: According to the state?s Division of Criminal Justice Services, since 2010 sheriffs have filed less than 2 percent of the two most common felony gun charges. The vast majority of charges are filed by the state or local police.
    Add California to the list, too:
    And in California, a delegation of sheriffs met with Gov. Jerry Brown this fall to try to persuade him to veto gun bills passed by the Legislature, including measures banning semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines and lead ammunition for hunting (Mr. Brown signed the ammunition bill but vetoed the bill outlawing the rifles).
    ?Our way of life means nothing to these politicians, and our interests are not being promoted in the legislative halls of Sacramento or Washington, D.C.,? said Jon E. Lopey, the sheriff of Siskiyou County, Calif., one of those who met with Governor Brown. He said enforcing gun laws was not a priority for him, and he added that residents of his rural region near the Oregon border are equally frustrated by regulations imposed by the federal Forest Service and the Environmental Protection Agency.
    I expect the Obama administration and the Department of Justice to express their shock,shock at the defiance of the separation of powers inherent in these actions. And I?m sure they?d get right on them, except that the White House and the DoJ have their hands full trying to address a couple of other issues:

    • The unilateral decision not to enforce several of the statutory deadlines in ObamaCare that Congress passed under the direction of the Obama administration
    • Eric Holder?s refusal to comply with Congressional subpoenas through the specious use of executive privilege
    • The harassing of conservative groups by the IRS, which has produced no action from the DoJ despite a multitude of evidence produced by Congress
    • The attempt by HHS to limit the freedom of religious expression to ?worship? spaces only without Congressional involvement
    • The investigation of the NSA?s domestic surveillance by James Clapper, who lied to Congress about the extent of that domestic surveillance in the first place

    And so on. If this imperial-executive model is good enough for the federal government, don?t expect the states to eschew it for very long for their own priorities.
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    Insane to me that legislators can't figure out how important it is to pay attention to simple logic and reason before they vote as a herd and screw things up even more.
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    One of these days, the people will wake up and realize the states actually have the power. For example, don't like Obama Care? All it would have taken is 35 states to say no and it would have been dead on arrival. The fed makes laws, the states are tasked with implementing them. Ever wonder why states like North Dakota, Arizona, Montana and a couple others past laws stating they will not cooperate with the federal registry of firearms for in regards to weapons made in their states. And any fire arm made by a commercial enterprise or individual in those states are not subject to the National Firearms act of 1986? The fed never really challenged these states knowing they would not have the legal juice to win in the courts. So they tried it in the 9th Circus Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The most liberal court in the country stated that if a gun is made in a state and does not leave the state the Interstate Commerce Clause does not apply. Again, the power really belongs to the states.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogsoldier View Post
    Again, the power really belongs to the states.

    BINGO! The federal government doesn't even obey it's own laws, why should the states?
    Rules? You mean we have RULES for that???

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