Davis sheriffs won’t enforce laws that infringe on gun rights

Davis sheriffs won’t enforce laws that infringe on gun rights

The policy, which Sheriff Kelly Sparks calls “proactive,” is symbolic, University of Utah law professor says A man carries his weapon during a second amendment gun rally at Utah State Capitol in February 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Officers with the Davis County Sheriff will no longer enforce a federal law or presidential order that infringes on the Second Amendment. The move was unanimously endorsed by the Davis County Commission. The sheriff’s office will only enforce “clearly established laws which do not infringe on individual rights” established by the Second Amendment. County law enforcement officers are also prohibited from enforcing any laws or presidential orders that are “unconstitutional” under the policy. While the new policy may send a message, it’s largely symbolic, says University of Utah law professor RonNell Andersen Jones. “The sheriff’s office officials likely already took an oath to uphold the constitution, including all of the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution already binds them not to violate the rights of the citizens,” she said. The policy directs county law enforcement personnel to ignore any presidential order regarding guns that has not been approved by Congress or the Utah Legislature. They’re also blocked from cooperating with any federal, state or other enforcement agency on a presidential order that has been approved by Congress. It applies to executive orders from the governor or other leaders, as well as a change in policy by federal agencies. Sheriff Kelly Sparks did not identify the genesis of the policy, citing a […]

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