How Constitutional Sheriffs Protect Their County Citizens
Faulkner County’s 2016 sheriff candidates have all pledged to support CSPOA to defend against unconstitutional state and federal mandates in the areas of gun control, religious freedom, Agenda 21 issues, property rights, water rights, mining rights, health care privacy, and 10th Amendment issues. (More information here.)
The U.S. Constitution establishes the sovereignty of the sheriff’s office, and the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed this understanding back in 1997 — a decision with extremely broad and important implications in defending citizens’ rights against an encroaching federal government.
Constitutional sheriffs throughout the country have repeatedly intervened to protect their county citizens from various unconstitutional mandates. Here are just a few examples:
♦ In Florida last fall, despite renewed demands from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen has refused to remove “In God We Trust” bumper stickers from his patrol cars or pull videos with religious content from his office’s website.
♦ Just this week in Oregon, near Umpqua Community College where last October’s tragic mass shooting took place, Coos County lawmakers passed a measure directing their sheriff to bypass state and federal gun laws if he judges them unconstitutional.
♦ This past February in New Mexico, in a property seizure dispute with the IRS, the Eddy County Sheriff sent the IRS a notice that sale of Kent Carter’s property was canceled until Carter receives due process of law. London stood in front of Carter’s gate until U.S. Marshals backed down, even when they threatened to arrest London.
♦ Under pressure from a “no trespass” policy he enforced, the Owyhee County Sheriff (Idaho) forced the Bureau of Land Management to sign an agreement that protects against unpermitted encroachment on private property by federal agents accompanied by non-BLM representatives. Any activist or federal agent who does not comply with the agreement will be arrested.
♦ Over a decade ago in the ongoing federal lands use dispute in the western U.S., San Bernardino County, CA, Sheriff Gary Penrod revoked local law enforcement authority of federal agents and advised them to consult with him before taking any action on private property.
We applaud our sheriff candidates, who join over 900 (as of this date) sheriffs, peace officers, and others who’ve signed the CSPOA Resolution that says in part:
The following abuses will not be allowed or tolerated:
1) Registration of personal firearms under any circumstances.
2) Confiscation of firearms without probable cause, due process, and constitutionally compliant warrants issued by a local or state jurisdiction.
3) Audits or searches of a citizen’s personal affairs or finances without probable cause, and due process, and constitutionally compliant warrants issued by a local or state jurisdiction.
4) Inspections of person or property without probable cause and constitutionally compliant warrants as required by the 4th Amendment and issued by a local or state jurisdiction.
5) The detainment or search of citizens without probable cause and proper due process compliance, or the informed consent of the citizen.
6) Arrests with continued incarcerations without charges and complete due process, including, but not limited to public and speedy jury trials, in a court of state or local jurisdiction.
7) Domestic utilization of our nation’s military or federal agencies operating under power granted under the laws of war against American citizens.
8) Arrest of citizens or seizure of persons or property without first notifying and obtaining the express consent of the local sheriff.