The sheriff in Oregon's Linn County has informed the White House that despite President Obama's new plans for gun restrictions, his department will not enforce any laws it sees as unconstitutional. In a letter addressed to Vice President Joe Biden, which you can read in full below, Tim Mueller says politicians are attempting to "exploit the death of innocent victims" with new laws that would hurt law-abiding citizens. Mueller says laws limiting ownership of semi-automatic weapons and magazines would violate Americans' Constitutional rights, and as he says he's vowed to uphold the Constitution, enforcing said laws would just be wrong. Mueller doesn't count on Biden reading his letter, but said he tried to be respectful while getting his point across.
Here's the letter:
Dear Mr. Vice President,
I am Sheriff Tim Mueller, elected twice by the citizens of Linn County Oregon who have entrusted me with a noble cause: to keep them and their families safe. My deputies and I take that responsibility very seriously and, like you, have sworn to support the Constitution of the United States. I take that oath equally as serious as protecting our citizens. I have worked for the people of Linn County for over 28 years as a member of the Linn County Sheriff's Office as well as serving three years active duty as a Military Police Officer in the US Army, where I also swore a similar oath.
In the wake of the recent criminal events, 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. We are Americans. 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.
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.
Sheriff Tim Mueller
Linn County Oregon
Click to see more on msnNOW.com, updated 24 hours a day.