Arizona Sheriff Tells Obama He Won’t Enforce Federal Gun Laws

Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu penned a letter to President Barack Obama last week criticizing the administration’s gun control proposals and asserting that he won’t enforce any law or executive order “contrary to what the Constitution of the United States of America says.”

“Mr. President, if you attempt to carry through with your proposal, it will hinder the ability of good citizens to defend and protect themselves and others against those who wish to cause them harm through the use of deadly force,” Babeu, the sheriff of Pinal County, Ariz., wrote. “Your actions would turn many good citizens, who wish to maintain their God given Constitutional Rights to bear arms, into criminals. I am writing you this letter today to inform you that any “law” or regulation created by an executive order of your office which is contrary to what the Constitution of the United States of America says, shall be deemed as unlawful and shall not be carried out by myself or my office.”

Read the entire letter, which was obtained by Fox 10 in Phoenix.

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