Posted: January 24, 2013 in by Bobby Ray Stacy
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Terry Box, Sheriff of Collin County, Texas 

Terry Box, Collin County’s sheriff since 1985, says he’s not a gun nut. “But I think there are enough laws on the books right now on purchasing or buying or registering that if they were enforced, this would probably be a safer place to live now,” Sheriff Box said.


Yesterday, Collin County Sheriff Terry Box of Texas became the latest sheriff to publicly pledge that he would not enforce proposed federal gun bans should they become law, according to Dallas News. Sheriff Box joins a growing number — now at least 127 — of sheriffs across the nation denouncing President Obama’s proposed gun control legislation.

Sheriff Box explained that recent gun deaths have prompted politicians to pass laws that would seriously erode the constitutional rights of innocent and law-abiding citizens.

“Neither I, nor any of my deputies, will participate in the enforcement of laws that violate our precious constitutional rights, including our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” Sheriff Box said.


According to CBS News on Monday, a dozen Missouri sheriffs — including newly-elected Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon –have signed on to Sheriff’s Heiss’ letter to President Obama, stating that they refused to enforce the proposed gun laws. The names of all the Missouri sheriffs have not yet been released.

Dissension in the Ranks

One lawman — Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson — has publicly disagreed with the growing position taken by his fellow sheriffs. According to in a report filed this morning by NBC News, Sheriff Robinson questioned the other sheriffs, saying:

“Public safety professionals serving in the executive branch do not have the constitutional authority, responsibility, and in most cases, the credentials to determine the constitutionality of any issue. Law enforcement officials should leave it to the courts to decide whether a law is constitutional or not.?


Authorities Searching Door-to-Door on the Streets of America 


 Gun Bans Unenforceable Without Door-to-Door Searches

Other law enforcement officials, while not publicly taking sides on the President’s proposed gun laws, have questioned how new federal gun legislation would be enforced. As reported by WKTV on Friday, Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol has already examined New York’s new, toughest-in-the-nation 39-page law. The law bans currently legally-possessed assault weapons, and requires owners of such weapons to register them with the state within a year or sell them to an authorized dealer.

But Sheriff Maciol wonders how the law could ever be enforced — aside from searching door to door for such weapons, which raises the specter of massive Fourth Amendment search and seizure violations. Says Sheriff Maciol:

“We don’t know where these guns are because they’re not registered and again I will not and I certainly don’t have the manpower to start going to every person in Oneida County to see if they have a gun. I mean, we’re not going to be doing that.”

Thus, as popular support for new gun laws gradually cools with the passage of time, and reason takes the place of “knee jerk gun control,” gun rights activists may discover that the President’s gun control proposals ultimately have no teeth.


 Gun Control Activists March Across Brooklyn Bridge


Sheriff Opposition to Proposed Gun Laws Reaches at Least 127

At least 127, but possibly up to 139 (counting pending declarations from 12 Missouri sheriffs) now publicly oppose proposed federal gun bans and will not enforce them should they become law. The list of those sheriffs below is current as of Jan 23, 2013.


Alabama sheriffs (3)

(as reported by local news station WHNT, gun rights organization Oath Keepers, media outlet Dothanfirst);

Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes

Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning

Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin

Arizona sheriffs (2)

(according to news outlets TPM and Reason);

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher

Califonia sheriffs (13)

(according to The Modesto Bee, local news stations KRNVand KFSN, and CSPOA);

Del Norte County Sheriff Dean Wilson

El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims

Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey

Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growden

Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas Allman

Modoc County Sheriff Mike Poindexter

Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko

Tehama County Sheriff David Hencraft

Trinity County Sheriff Bruce Haney

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey (letter)

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson (letter)

Colorado sheriffs (4)

(as reported by local television station KWGN, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Official website, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Official Facebook page, the Denver Post);

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa

Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith

Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey

Weld County Sheriff John Cooke

Delaware sheriffs (1)

(according to CSPOA)

Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher

Georgia sheriffs (3)

(as reported by the Cherokee Tribune, MinnPost Christian Science Monitor and CSPOA);

Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison

Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson

Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry

Florida sheriffs (3)

(according to local news station WPTV and Sheriff McKiethen’s personal Facebook page)

Bay County Florida Sheriff Frank McKiethen

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott

Martin County Sheriff Bill Snyder

Idaho sheriffs (2)

(according to news station KIFI and newspaper Idaho Statesman);

Canyon County, Idaho Sheriff Kieran Donahue

Madison County Sheriff Roy Klingler

Indiana sheriffs (1)

(according to CSPOA)

Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers

Kansas sheriffs (1)

(according to the Kansas City Star)

Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning

Kentucky sheriffs (2)

( as reported by NBC News and CSPOA)

Bath County Sheriff John Snedegar

Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman

Minnesota sheriffs (1)

(according to NewsMax)

Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole

Missouri sheriffs (4)

(as reported on BeforeItsNews, IRN News, news stations KOAM and KCTV, and CSPOA);

Johnson County Sheriff Charles Heiss (letter)

Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay (letter)

Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox (letter)

Osage County Michael Dixon

Montana sheriffs (2)

(according to radio station 96.3TheBlaze and CSPOA)

Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman

Sanders County Sheriff Tom Rummel (letter)

Nevada sheriffs (1)

(as reported by local news station KRNV)

Humboldt County Sheriff Ed Kilgore

New Mexico sheriffs (30)

(according to the Portales News-Tribune, and CSPOA)

Roosevelt county sheriff Darren Hooker and the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association (30 out of 33 New Mexico sheriffs)

New York sheriffs (2)

(according to CSPOA)

Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr.

Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond

Ohio sheriffs (2)

(according to radio station KyPost and WCPO);

Boone County Sheriff Michael A. Helmig

Clermont County Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg

Oklahoma sheriffs (1)

(according to CSPOA)

Wagoner County Sheriff Bob ‘Big Block’ Colbert

Oregon sheriffs (14)

(as reported by Fox News, online newspaper OregonLive, local radio station KCMB, local television station KMTR, Herald News, gun rights organization Oregon Firearms and CSPOA);

Baker County Sheriff Mitchell Southwick

Coos County Sheriff Craig Zanni (letter)

Crook County Sheriff Jim Hensley

Curry County Sheriff John Bishop (letter)

Deschutes County Sheriff Larry Blanton

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin (letter)

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer (letter)

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters (letter)

Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson (letter)

Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah

Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller (letter)

Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe (letter)

Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton

Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett

South Carolina sheriffs (3)

(according to The Post and Courier, news station WYFF and CSPOA);

Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt

Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright

Texas sheriffs (3)

(as reported by local news station KLTV, Dallas News and CSPOA)

Collin County Sheriff Terry Box

Randall County Sheriff Joel W. Richardson

Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith

Utah sheriffs (28)

(as reported by CSPOA)

Beaver County Sheriff Cameron M. Noel (letter)

Box Elder County Sheriff J. Lynn Yeates

Chache County Sheriff G. Lynn Nelson

Carbon County Sheriff James Cordova

Daggett County Sheriff Jerry Jorgensen

Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson

Duchesne County Sheriff Travis Mitchell Utah

Emery County Sheriff Greg Funk

Garfield County Sheriff James D. Perkins

Grand County Sheriff Steven White

Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower

Juab County Sheriff Alden Orme

Kane County Sheriff Lamont Smith

Millard County Sheriff Robert Dekker

Morgan County Sheriff Blaine Breshears

Puite County Sheriff Marty Gleave

Rich County Sheriff Dale Stacey

San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge

Sanpete County Sheriff Brian Nielson

Sevier County Sheriff Nathan Curtis

Summit County Sheriff David Edmunds

Tooele County Sheriff Frank Park

Uintah County Sheriff Jeff Merrell

Wasatch County Sheriff Todd Bonner

Washington County Sheriff Cory Pulsipher

Wayne County Sheriff Kurt Taylor

Weber County Sheriff Terry Thompson

Utah County Sheriff James Tracy


Special thanks to Anthony Jay Blackwell, of The Long Island Civil Liberties Examiner, located at:


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  1. madmemere says:

    Still nothing from Sheriff Ted Mink, of Jefferson Cty., Colorado and I don’t see any NH or ME sheriffs on this list.

  2. upaces88 says:

    I think perhaps the “arrogant people” who belittle our intent will be shocked at the average American!

  3. cmblake6 says:

    My friend, you are ON FUCKING FIRE!!!!!!! I’m proud to know you.

  4. upaces88 says:

    I know you’ve met those people that “know it all”….well, he is one of them.
    I just replied…”I will be thrilled if I am wrong.”

  5. madmemere says:

    It’s disappointing not to see Sheriff Ted Mink, of Jefferson County, Co. on that list of names! I wrote to him two weeks ago asking “on which side” he would stand; he hasn’t bothered to respond to my letter, so it seems, he doesn’t need to – -this list is my answer, as disappointing as it is. I see none, from my home state of NH, nor from my birth state, Me. NH is supposed to be the “live free or die” state; wonder what happened to that?

  6. upaces88 says:

    I was just told a few minutes ago that I was over reacting. Well, IF I AM over reacting…then it looks like I am in good company.

  7. jericho777 says:

    Reblogged this on Jericho777's Blog.

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