Oregon sheriff casts critical eye on new gun laws


PORTLAND — An Oregon sheriff has sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden saying his department will not enforce any new gun laws it considers unconstitutional.

Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller, in his letter dated Monday, said politicians are “attempting to exploit the deaths of innocent victims” by supporting laws that would harm law-abiding Americans. The sheriff said he took an oath to support the Constitution, and laws preventing citizens from owning certain semi-automatic firearms and ammunition magazines would violate their rights.

“We are Americans,” Mueller wrote. “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.”

Mueller told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Albany, Ore., that he felt compelled to make his views known because sheriffs have not had much of a say on the vice president’s anti-gun violence task force. Mueller said his constituents have been repeatedly asking his deputies about what will happen if new gun restrictions are adopted.

“We’re restricted and prohibited from enforcing all types of federal laws, including immigration laws,” he said Tuesday. “It would be unreasonable for anyone to think that I would enforce a federal firearms law.”

The sheriff figures Biden probably won’t even receive his letter, but “it needed to be said, so I said it.”

“I tried to be as respectful as possible, but I also needed to get my point across,” Mueller said.



jennybuggs says...

The easiest way to perform an 'are you white trash?' test is to ask people if they think their guns are going to be taken away.
Mueller can't live with a background checks? Cause those are what Biden considers the top priority for gun reform. Mueller can't live with restrictions on high-capacity ammunition magazines? Seriously? Also, Biden's committee that is looking into gun control reform is rather well rounded (much more diverse than the all religious republican male group convened in congress to regulate women's reproductive health). It is headed by Mike Thompson, "a gun owner, hunter, former co-chair of the Congressional Sportsman Caucus, supporter of the second Amendment and a combat veteran who carried an assault rifle in Vietnam" and also includes cop who is president of the National Association of Police Organizations (whose own son served jail time for plotting a school shooting). Seems those people know what they are doing.
And Mueller's reason in his letter is 'We Are Americans'. You think gun control is a violation of the 2nd amendment? Well, sedition is against federal law too, buddy, and laws to that effect have been around almost as long as the 2nd amendment.

Posted 16 January 2013, 12:37 p.m. Suggest removal

carcrazy says...

jennybuggs-I'm not sure that I read the same article that you are commenting on. Sheriff Mueller is very highly respected in the Oregon Law Enforcement community and is not a local "hick" like you make him out to be. Oregon already has the best background check system in the nation so your assertion that Sheriff Mueller doesn't want that is baseless. I suspect that you yourself have an agenda against guns and don't value the freedoms we used to have and are slowly eroding away thanks to politicians like Johnson, Clinton, and Obama.

Posted 16 January 2013, 5 p.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...

Did I miss something here, Jennybugs? OMG!.. tell us how you really feel... WOW!
I am so glad we still have the freedom to choose here in this country... Well, for now we do anyways....

Posted 16 January 2013, 6:07 p.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

jennybooo - first read the constitution and then read the second amendment. I suppose that you believe in planned parenthood so that you can get your free contraception but what about the hundreds of thousands of children that they abort every year. Probably won't comment on that but the condoms and birth control is free and obviously not working very good if there are that many abortions!

Posted 16 January 2013, 6:23 p.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...

According to tonights U.B. there are alot more Sheriff's out there who are also getting into the Anti-Gun control... Hmmmmm Wonder what the reason is?

Posted 17 January 2013, 6:12 p.m. Suggest removal

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