ALBANY, Ore. – Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday saying his department would not enforce any potential new gun laws that could be construed as unconstitutional.
In it, Mueller said “We must not allow, nor shall we tolerate, the actions of criminals, no matter how heinous the crimes, to prompt politicians to enact laws that will infringe upon the liberties of responsible citizens who have broken no laws.
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President Barack Obama Wednesday will be unveiling his proposals to fight gun violence. The White House says he and Biden will be joined by children who wrote the president letters after the Newtown shooting.
There's still powerful opposition in Congress to sweeping gun regulations. So, congressional officials say Obama has been weighing 19 steps he could take through executive action alone.
There could be tougher action against people who lie on gun sale background checks.
The sheriff said he would not “stand idly by, while my citizens are turned into criminals due to the unconstitutional actions of misguided politicians.”