El Dorado County Sheriff: I will not be pressured to enforce unconstitutional laws

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Updated: 1/20/2013 10:17 am
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) – El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini penned a letter to Vice President Biden expressing his concern over proposed new gun laws. Sheriff D’Agostini writes to the Vice President, “The purpose of this letter is to go on record of re-affirming my oath of office and making it clear that I and my staff will never violate [our oath of office] by being pressured into enforcing any unconstitutional provision, law or executive order.”

D’Agostini writes that banning guns would still leave guns in the hands of people “who have no respect for the rule of law.” He says California law enforcement continues to encounter people prohibited from owning guns that do have firearms. The Sheriff writes the problems with violent crime in the United States is not from firearms but “an issue of mental illness and antisocial behavior.”

He continues to write, “If as much effort were expended in keeping criminals out of our communities and identifying and treating our mentally ill as are expended in the folly of gun control, the Nation would experience and immensely measurable decrease in violent crime.”

Humboldt County Nevada Sheriff Ed Kilgore also recently sent a letter to Vice President Biden expressing similar beliefs.
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jmj49 - 2/15/2013 6:49 PM
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To Todd and those who agree with him:"This man needs to be fired. His personal opinion regarding the law means absolutely nothing. His job is to enforce ALL the laws of the land - not just the ones he happens to agree with" If you truly believe this than youMUST support the firing of the president of the US who has made a habit of picking and choosing which laws to enforce and has violated the separation of powers with rule by edict.. For example we have immigration laws and the president has ordered they not be enforced. Fire Obama. We have the second amendment and the president what to change it by edict: Fire Obama.

Retired LASD - 1/28/2013 5:31 PM
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Why is it that none of the disturbed and evil men, who steal guns, then go and kill movie-goers and children in school, has ever been identified as a conservative NRA member or a concealed permit holder who was subjected to extensive criminal & background check, along with weapon safety course? Ft Hood~~~ Registered Democrat ~ Muslim Columbine ~~~ Too young to vote; both families were registered Democrats and progressive liberals Virginia Tech ~~~ Wrote hate mail to President Bush and to his staff ~ Registered Democrat Colorado Theater ~~~ Registered Democrat; staff worker on the Obama campaign; Occupy Wall Street participant; progressive liberal Connecticut School Shooter- ~~~ Registered Democrat; hated Christians Common thread is that all of these shooters were progressive liberal Democrats. INTERESTING, isn't it? Maybe it's just the Democrats who shouldn't have guns!

roseanya - 1/22/2013 10:09 AM
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Gee what an idea. Ask a cop (Sheriff) what the issues are and how to deal with it.

helltrauma - 1/22/2013 6:02 AM
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Henry David Thoreau stated that in a free society, if there is a law that is injust, it is the DUTY of her citizens to break that law; the sherrif is supporting the constitution first and foremost, not any law which is established, particularly by the government, which is contrary to its tenents. toodcarnes & sierra11; you are poor examples of american citizens and are prime examples of persons whom have forgotten their history, and the lessons taught by such. the sherrif has stood up and rallied against a tyranical mindset, even though he knows it will be unpopular with the uneducated masses; well done, sir! and know that other patriots understand and will support your position. stand fast.

sosumenow - 1/20/2013 10:50 PM
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How do "people prohibited from owning guns that do have firearms" get them?

nubgnngs42 - 1/20/2013 11:29 AM
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"Anti Social" and his hostile behavior puts Obozo right in this group. If anyone was against the Bill of Rights, unless you're saying what he wants is OBOZO.

Sierra11 - 1/20/2013 8:06 AM
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I agree with Todd, you cant just pick and choose which laws you feel like enforcing. What happens when one of these rogue sheriffs decides they will not enforce rape laws???

toddcarnes - 1/20/2013 7:56 AM
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This man needs to be fired. His personal opinion regarding the law means absolutely nothing. His job is to enforce ALL the laws of the land - not just the ones he happens to agree with.

Sandra - 1/20/2013 4:26 AM
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YES YES YES it is The OLD USA talking the STRONG, BOLD, and READY too fight for THE Constitutional Right To BARE ARMS as an AmERICAN citizen and LAW abiding AmERICAN citizen I feel alot SAFER knowing there are PEOPLE LIKE these sheriffs in THE corner of THE AMERICAN citizens CONSTITUTIONAL Right TO BARE ARMS!

tank72 - 1/20/2013 3:14 AM
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Hey Ricker, That is Humboldt county Nevada Sheriff referred to in the article. Not Humboldt California as you are referring. The pot laws do not violate the Constitution and the Federal Government has decided not to enforce drug laws if a state has legalized pot. If Sheriff D'Agostini was to direct his Deputies to arrest those that grow pot legally under state law then he would be violating the Constitution. One of the primary duties of a Sheriff is to uphold the Constitution.
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