(CNN)-- An Oregon sheriff says he will not enforce any federal regulation that President Barack Obama lays out in his package of gun control proposals Wednesday.<quoted text>
Interesting? Maybe. True? Hardly.
Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller joins several other public officials across the nation who have decided to square off with the White House even before it outlines what its plans are for expanded measures.
Mueller sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden this week saying he won't enforce any federal regulation "offending the constitutional rights of my citizens." He won't permit federal officers to come to his county to enforce such laws either, he said.
Mueller's defiant stand exploded into a groundswell of support. His letter -- posted on the department's Facebook page -- earned more than 59,000 likes and shares -- and was growing by the minute.
Over the weekend, Sheriff Denny Peyman of Jackson County, Kentucky, said that he too would disobey any directive from the administration. He told residents in a town hall meeting that the sheriff has more power than the federal government.
"They need to go back and study that. We are a commonwealth. I can ask federal people to leave, they have to leave. I can ask state people to leave, they have to leave," he said.
Gun policy should not be guided by gut-level reactions to mass shootings in Aurora last July and at a Connecticut elementary school last month, the County Sheriffs of Colorado says in a position paper outlining a tough stance against legislation expected to be proposed soon by state Democrats.
"It is the sheriffs' opinion that all gun control bills be tabled for at least a year to encourage rational deliberation before any decisions are made," the group wrote.
The non-partisan professional association, which represents Colorado's 62 elected
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sheriffs, also opposes assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazine bans.
Efforts to craft legislation on both of these issues are being made by lawmakers at the state Capitol. However, details of such legislation have not been announced.
"Law enforcement officers carry high-capacity magazines because there are times when 10 rounds might not be enough to end the threat,"the group wrote. "County Sheriffs of Colorado believe the same should be hold true for civilians who wish to defend themselves, especially if attacked by multiple assailants."
Executive Director Christopher H. Olson said the memo is the reflects the opinion of a majority of sheriffs.
"I haven't had had one sheriff that says 'I absolutely don't agree with what's being said in this paper,' " Olson said.
Sheriffs in El Paso, Larimer, Garfield and Weld counties in the past few weeks issued similar opinions, though directed largely at President Barack Obama's 23 executive orders intended to crack down on gun violence. They were joined by county commissioners from El Paso County and, on Monday, from Weld County who said any new gun laws are a threat to the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Although the sheriff's association stated its support for Second Amendment right, the position paper focused on legislative efforts to strengthen gun laws.
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