By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog
PORTLAND – As President Barack Obama announced the biggest U.S. effort toward gun control in a decade on Wednesday, some Oregon sheriffs pushed back.
At least three Oregon sheriffs – from Linn, Grant and Crook Counties –have written letters to Vice President Joe Biden protesting the proposed gun control measures that would ban assault weapons and require background checks for gun buyers. Calling the federal government’s proposal unconstitutional, the sheriffs state they refuse to participate.
“I will not tolerate nor will I tolerate any federal incursion within the external boundaries of Grant County, Oregon, where any type of gun control legislation aimed at disarming law-abiding citizens is the goal or objective,” Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer said in a letter to Biden dated Wednesday. “We live in a free society and firearms ownership and the right to defend oneself from becoming a victim of a criminal act or from a far-reaching government attempting to enact laws that are unconstitutional.”
Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller, who wrote a similar letter, told the Corvallis-Gazette Times he circulated his letter to sheriffs around the state and was getting good feedback. According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, Crook County Sheriff Jim Hensley also opposes the proposed gun laws.
Obama’s plans include 23 executive actions that he says are aimed at curbing gun control, according to the Washington Post. He also urged Congress to pass legislation on the assault weapons ban and background checks.
The president’s actions come in response to the tragic December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in which 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman who then committed suicide.
Oregon also had its own tragic shooting in December when a gun man killed two and injured one person at the Clackamas Town Center before also killing himself.