Rogue sheriffs refuse to enforce gun laws

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Published on March 4, 2019 - Duration: 01:19s

Rogue sheriffs refuse to enforce gun laws

A rapidly growing number of counties in at least four states are declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, refusing to enforce state gun-control laws that they deem violate the U.S. constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Tamara Lindstrom reports.


Rogue sheriffs refuse to enforce gun laws

State and local governments could be headed for a standoff, as a growing contingent of sheriffs and commissioners say they won't enforce state gun laws.

(SOUNDBITE) TONY MACE, CIBOLA COUNTY SHERIFF, SAYING: "For far too long, citizens have just sit back and let our government do whatever they want." Sheriff Tony Mace declared his jurisdiction - New Mexico's Cibola County - a "Second Amendment sanctuary." The rebellion playing out in at least four states, with conservative law enforcement leaders in Illinois, New Mexico, Washington and Oregon vowing to defy any law they say violates their second amendment right to bear ams... Gun control laws spurred on in part by last year's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The outcry spurred Democrats to run on gun-control platforms in the 2018 midterm elections.

With major gains in state governments, campaign promises of gun reform laws are now coming down the pike, raising the ire of rural constituents who don't want to see new restrictions.

(SOUNDBITE) TONY MACE, CIBOLA COUNTY SHERIFF, SAYING: "You're seizing people's personal property, i.e., the firearm, without any type of due process when they change it.

This is overreaching by the government." Some state leaders have fired back, threatening legal action if sheriffs refuse to enforce the laws.

While the conflict at this point remains a war of words, the growing battle reflects the widening rift between rural and urban communities across the nation.

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