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Curry County Sheriff John Bishop
From the desk of
SHERIFF JOHN BISHOP
CURRY COUNTY, OREGON
94235 MOORE STREET, SUITE 311
29808 Colvin Street (Physical)
GOLD BEACH, OR 97444
(541) 247-3221 - FAX: 541-247-6893
January 15, 2013
President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20501
Dear Mr. President Obama,
I am Sheriff John Bishop, elected twice by the citizens of Curry County, Oregon, who have entrusted me with a noble cause: to keep them and their families safe. My deputies and I take that responsibility very seriously and, like you, have sworn to support the Constitution of the United States. I take that oath equally as serious as protecting our citizens. I have worked for the people in Curry County for over 24 years in Law Enforcement. Many of my command staff and deputies have also served active duty in our military, taking the same oath in protecting the Constitution of the United States.
In the wake of the recent criminal events, both here in Oregon and in Connecticut, politicians are attempting to exploit the deaths of innocent victims by advocating for laws that would prevent honest, law abiding Americans from possessing certain firearms and ammunition magazines. We are Americans. We must not allow, nor shall we tolerate, the actions of criminals, no matter how heinous, to prompt politicians to enact laws, which will infringe upon the liberties of responsible citizens who have broken no laws.
Any federal regulation enacted by Congress or by Executive Order of the President offending the constitutional rights of my citizens shall not be enforced by me or my deputies, nor will I permit the enforcement of any unconstitutional regulations or orders by federal officers within the borders of Curry County, Oregon.
In summary, it is the position of this Sheriff that I refuse to participate, or stand idly by, while my citizens are turned into criminals due to the unconstitutional actions of misguided politicians.
Sheriff John Bishop
Curry County, Oregon
[This letter was posted on Curry County Sheriffs facebook page 01-16-13 but removed today]