Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills
(Ripley County, Ind.) - Two local county sheriffs have one opinion when it comes to enforcing any proposed gun control regulations.
On Wednesday, a U.S. Senate committee held a hearing on proposed gun law changes. President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden have been holding a series of meetings gathering input on ways to effectively reduce gun violence. Although its path to becoming law is difficult, California Senator Diane Feinstein has proposed a ban on assault weapons.
Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills has issued a letter to his constituents saying that the President is engaging in “nonsense” when it comes to the Second Amendment. Grills says part of his oath as sheriff is to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
“In light of recent events, it is important for me to make sure you, as residents of Ripley County, Indiana, are clear that I will NOT enforce any executive order from the President of the United States that directly contradicts the Constitution of United States of America,” Grills states in his letter.
While cautioning that a lot has yet to happen before the need to act physically, Grills said he will lead Ripley County against any tyranny that presents itself, but only after the Governor of Indiana would neglect to do so.
Grills also called out Vice President Biden, saying that there is no need to write a letter to an individual that has “great disregard for this great nation’s inalienable right.”
“A tremendous amount of blood has been shed, both foreign and domestic, in the preservation of freedom. I will not tolerate anyone defecating on that God given right, nor the principles this great nation were founded on,” Grills said.
Meanwhile, Boone County Sheriff Michael Helmig – a self-proclaimed staunch supporter of the Second Amendment – says every sheriff and deputy in Kentucky takes the same oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
After receiving numerous phone calls and emails from concerned citizens, Helmig issued his own letter.
“I do not believe the Federal Government or any individual in the Federal Government has the right to dictate to the states, counties or municipalities any mandate, regulation or administrative rule that violates the United State Constitution or its various amendments. I would view any such mandate, regulation, or administrative rule illegal and refuse to carry it out,” Helmig said.