Local Sheriffs Refuse To Enforce Obama Gun Control Proposal
LIMA – For Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, it’s a no-brainer.
By Sarah Stemen
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Ohio –(Ammoland.com)- If the United States Congress passes new gun control laws, including a ban on assault weapons for law abiding residents, he won’t enforce it.
“Let me make it crystal clear, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office will not be confiscating firearms from law abiding citizens,” Grey said.
His position comes in defiance of the National Sheriffs’ Association, which represents more than 3,000 county sheriffs across the country. The NSA met this month in Washington, agreeing to support President Obama’s push for tougher laws to prevent gun violence.
That decision has caused a growing divide in the group, but how big of a split is debatable. The organization’s president, Larry Amerson, insists it is just a small minority of the nation’s sheriffs, but every day seems to bring more news reports of sheriffs across the nation who are speaking out against the decision.
Among them are at least four sheriffs from the Lima region – Sam Crish of Allen County, Al Solomon of Auglaize, Mike Heldman of Hancock and Grey.
“I’ve always taken the stance that people have the right to bear arms and to protect themselves,” said Crish. “I’m certainly not in favor of taking guns from law abiding citizens. That’s their right as it is now.”
Heldman recently wrote a letter to Obama, stating, “Any federal law which infringes on the right of citizens of Hancock County to keep and bear arms will not be tolerated, recognized or enforced by me or my office.”