Vale — Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe recently sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden explaining his own position and intention with the recent executive orders regarding gun laws.
Wolfe said that he has received numerous calls and visits in reference to his official position on the recent changes potentially infringing on individuals’ Second Amendment rights.
“As Sheriff of Malheur County Oregon, I took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of Oregon,” Wolfe said. “I cannot and will not stand idly by while the Constitutional rights of the citizens of this great country are violated by misguided government officials.”
President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a series of steps intended to curb gun violence, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, reinstating an assault weapons ban, renewing a 10-round limit on the size of ammunition magazines, prohibiting the possession, transfer, manufacture and import of armor-piercing bullets and new gun trafficking laws that penalize people who help criminals get guns.
Wolfe is one of many sheriffs around the state and nation to write official letters to the Vice President explaining his stance. In Oregon alone, sheriffs from Linn, Douglas, Grant and Crook counties have mailed letters similar to Wolfe’s to the Vice President.
In his letter, Wolfe said that neither he nor anyone employed by the Malheur County Sheriff’s Department, will enforce or support any laws or executive orders that are not consistent with the Constitution.
“My heart goes out to the victims, families and communities of those who have suffered from the criminal acts of deranged thinking people. I can’t imagine the amount of pain they are experiencing,” Wolfe said. “I believe that we need to address the real cause and not attempt to place a band-aid on a serious wound and then think that we have solved the problem. If we do not understand the problem, we cannot solve it.”
Wolfe said he believes strongly that the U.S. Constitution stands above all laws and executive orders in the country.
“Many brave people have paid with their lives defending the Constitution, and I, therefore, will not allow it to be minimized by the office that I have been entrusted with by the people.”