Is Davis County Sheriff’s Office new Second Amendment gun policy symbolic or functional?

Is Davis County Sheriff's Office new Second Amendment gun policy symbolic or functional?

FARMINGTON — A new policy announced by the Davis County Sheriff’s Office this week demonstrates the complicated relationship between local, state, and federal enforcement agencies outlined in constitutional law. The policy prevents deputies and other department employees from enforcing federal laws or presidential executive orders that they determine may infringe on the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right to bear arms. The policy was enacted on June 1; the Davis County Commission and Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings expressed their unanimous support for the decision in a joint press release with the sheriff’s office the same day. The Davis County Sheriff’s Office says it will enforce "clearly established" laws that don’t "infringe on individual rights" and are meant to protect the general public by reducing violence and preserving peace and order. The new policy prevents law enforcement officials from taking action or using county resources to enforce an executive order by the president of the United States or any federal, state, or local political entity or enforcement agency not affirmed by Congress or the Utah State Legislature "which appears to exceed the power of the political entity, violate the Constitution, or inappropriately infringe on a law-abiding citizen’s right to keep and bear arms." University of Utah law professor RonNell Andersen Jones says the policy may be largely symbolic, but there are nuances. "The sheriff’s department officials likely already took an oath to support and defend the Constitution," Andersen Jones said. "They already must respect the individual liberties protections of the […]

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