Courts, not sheriffs or police, should decide which laws are constitutional and which aren’t
HERE‘s a sheriff who understands how the system is supposed to work:
The Colorado sheriff whose county includes the movie theater where 12 people were shot and killed last year says law-enforcement officers have no right to ignore gun-control laws unless the courts rule them unconstitutional.
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson [above] issued a statement Wednesday criticizing police and sheriff’s officials who have said they would not enforce gun-control laws they consider unconstitutional.
Weld County (Colo.) Sheriff John Cooke has said he wouldn’t enforce any of Obama’s plan to address gun laws, and sheriffs in at least four Oregon counties said in a letter to Vice President Joe Biden they wouldn’t work with federal officials to enforce potential gun laws they consider unconstitutional.
Robinson said only courts – and not law-enforcement officers – have the authority to determine whether a law is unconstitutional.
For a law enforcement official to claim that authority would be the equivalent of police officers or deputies deciding that people they arrest are guilty and sentencing them to jail, he said.
“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,” he said.
Robinson said he supports gun rights under the Second Amendment.