In letter to president, Johnson County, Mo., sheriff says altering laws through executive order is 'all-out assault on the United States Constitution'
CONFIRMED: A dozen sheriffs have signed and sent letter to Obama
According to Missouri news websites, including KCTV 5 News in Kansas City and CBS of St. Louis, Sheriff Charles M. Heiss, R-Johnson County, wrote an open letter to Obama, taking issue with the proposed new laws. Heiss has vowed "to rise to the defense and aid of all Americans should the federal government attempt to enact any legislation, or executive order that impedes, erodes, or otherwise diminishes their constitutional right to keep and bear arms. I will use all means legal to meet this solemn and sacred responsibility."
The letter has been signed and sent to the president by several other sheriffs across the state. (Read other accounts of the story here.)
Newly elected Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon was one of the sheriffs who sent the letter to Obama, saying, "As Osage County Sheriff, I … took an Oath to the Constitution; but unlike Obama, I intend to uphold mine.”
The Missouri House of Representatives even got in on the act last week, introducing HB 170, which "specifies that a federal official must not enforce a federal firearm law when the firearm is manufactured and remains in the state and that any new federal law banning or restricting ownership of a semi-automatic firearm is unenforceable." Dixon announced his support of the bill this week.
In an interview with KCTV, Heiss said he opposes a ban on assault rifles as well as a limit on the capacity of magazines.
"I really don't have heartburn with people owning AR-15s or owning 30-round magazines for target shooting, the 30-round is pretty convenient," he said.
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