|"I’m not sure if Sheriff Ferrell is simply confused about what the statute says or if he’s intentionally lying about the law." - I am. It's obvious.|
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Sheriff Calls 2A Sanctuaries Example Of "Hug-A-Thug" Mentality
The purpose of a Second Amendment Sanctuary is simple: to ensure that no unconstitutional gun control laws will be enforced against those within the “sanctuary,” whether it’s a town, county, or a state. It’s not about going soft on criminals, but ensuring that responsible gun owners aren’t turned into criminals by enforcing laws that violate their right to keep and bear arms.
It’s not a difficult concept to grasp, but there are still some folks out there who view Second Amendment Sanctuaries as a solution in search of a problem, like Sheriff Britton Ferrell in Mississippi County, Missouri, who blames the state’s new Second Amendment Preservation Act for a recent shooting at a car show in his county.
That’s such a gross misreading of SAPA that I’m not sure if Sheriff Ferrell is simply confused about what the statute says or if he’s intentionally lying about the law. There’s nothing within the Second Amendment Preservation Act that is soft on criminals, nor does the law state that police can be fired, fined, suspended, or prosecuted for protecting communities. Instead, the Second Amendment Preservation Act makes clear that if a law enforcement officer “knowingly deprives” a citizen of their Second Amendment rights by enforcing unconstitutional gun control laws, they can be held accountable in a court of law.
There’s nothing in the Second Amendment Preservation Act that’s stopping Sheriff Ferrell from going after violent criminals, and in fact two people have been arrested and charged with the shooting at the car show in his county, which would indicate that SAPA isn’t standing in the way of law enforcement officers doing their jobs.
I get that Ferrell isn’t happy with SAPA’s removal of qualified immunity for his deputies if they were to infringe on the rights of Mississippi County residents, but that doesn’t mean that the new law is soft on criminals or unduly hard on police. SAPA’s intent is to make the federal government enforce any new gun control measures on its own without relying on the cooperation of state and local law enforcement agencies. There’s nothing “hug-a-thug” about the Second Amendment Preservation Act, unless the sheriff considers law-abiding gun owners to be thugs. If that’s the case, voters in Mississippi County need to replace Ferrell with a candidate who understands the difference between exercising a civil right and committing a violent crime.
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