Wagoner County Sheriff Says He Won't Enforce New Gun Legislation
WAGONER COUNTY, Oklahoma - A Green Country Sheriff is taking a stand against President Obama's proposed gun laws.
Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert said he won't enforce these laws if passed.
Colbert said Obama's proposed gun restrictions violate the U.S. Constitution and the oath he took as sheriff.
Since President Obama announced his plans to tighten restrictions on gun laws, Colbert said his office is getting flooded with phone calls.
"The current concerns are that they're going to lose their weapons," Colbert said.
Under the President's plan, everyone will have to get a background check to buy a gun.
He's also asking Congress to ban all military-style assault weapons and implement a 10-round limit for magazines.
Colbert said he won't be enforcing tougher restrictions.
"As long as I'm sheriff, we will not take part in trying to remove any weapons, clips or anything else or enforce any executive orders," he said.
Colbert feels the regulations violate his oath to uphold the Oklahoma and U.S. Constitutions.
He's specifically concerned about trampling on the Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to bear arms.
"There's nothing I see that requires us to enforce an executive order," Colbert said.
Colbert feels the Obama administration is punishing the wrong people.
"In my entire career, it hasn't been the law-abiding citizens – (that are the) issue with weapons. It's been the law violators," Colbert said.
After a gunman massacred more than two dozen at a Connecticut elementary school in December, the President had Vice President Joe Biden head up a task force to review gun issues in America.
"While we may not be able to prevent every senseless act of violence in this country -- if there is even one thing we can do to reduce it, if even one life can be saved -- we've got an obligation to try," Obama said.
Obama has said he isn't trying to undo a strong tradition of gun ownership.
"I also believe most gun owners agree that we can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible, law-breaking few from causing harm on a massive scale," he said.
Colbert joins sheriffs in other states who aren't planning to enforce tougher gun laws.
Two of those sheriffs are Minnesota and Oregon.