Another sheriff has come out against unconstitutional federal gun control President Obama might decree, vowing to stymie enforcement through anti-commandeering.
This time, it’s Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers in the state of Indiana, who declared on WNIT’sPolitically Speaking that he will “disregard” any executive orders Obama makes that require firearm registration.
“If President Obama today said, ‘I’m creating an executive order that all sheriffs and police chiefs around this nation need to start registering firearms,’ I will disregard it,” he stated.
According to InfoWars.com, when “Rogers was questioned on how he can hold these unruly views and be reconciled with the oath he took for office. So, he repeated his oath, saying it is to defend the United States Constitution and the Indiana constitution to the best of his ability.”
However, it’s not just executive orders concerning firearm registration that Rogers has spoken out against; in 2013, he made similar statements on any possible gun confiscation.
Politically speaking, Rogers’ statements are in keeping with what James Madison advocated in response to unconstitutional federal laws or actions. He joins other sheriffs across the country likeDouglas County Sheriff John Hanlin who during the height of anti-gun hysteria in 2013 sent Vice President Joe Biden a letter threatening to not enforce federal gun control laws. Hanlin has been condemned by the Brady Campaign, which recently lost a lawsuit against the state of Kansas over its strict gun control nullification law.
While we should applaud such men like Rogers for their fidelity to the Constitution and the rule of law, it would be imprudent for us to simply hope that sheriffs will do the same, or that these types of men will always be in that particularly office, as we know from the past that other counties are not so lucky.
We cannot rely only on voluntary anti-commandeering efforts by a select few brave enough to take a stand. Only through Second Amendment Preservation Acts (SAPA) can we ensure that local law enforcement will definitely not aid the feds in enforcing unconstitutional gun control laws. This way, safeguards for our right to keep and bear arms will be permanently erected and remain in place even as those who hold office come and go.
Without the cooperation of the states, any federal gun control law crafted in D.C. will be delivered to the states dead on arrival.