Maryland County Sheriff Will Refuse to Enforce New State Gun Confiscation Law

A Maryland county sheriff has informed the state legislature that he will not be enforcing the state’s new gun confiscation law in his jurisdiction.

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis is quite unhappy with the state’s likely new licensing and confiscation laws if they are passed by the state legislature.

Lewis said he “will not comply.”

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According to Breitbart News:

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Lewis told Delmarva Now that he believes lawmakers are punishing residents throughout the state for the out-of-control crime in Baltimore. He said, “Law-abiding citizens are repeatedly being penalized because of Baltimore City’s inability to control their crime. And I’m sorry — I’m not someone’s puppet. I’m going to stand up for what I think is unjust and unconstitutional to the American people, including those living in the state in Maryland.”

“We’re gonna let them know that we are sick and tired of being penalized for Baltimore City’s inability to control crime. If these bills pass, we will not comply,” Lewis added.

Two bills working their way through the legislature in Annapolis are of grave concern. HB786 would require licensing and background checks for long guns.

“HB 796 does not explicitly require confiscation of firearms from unlicensed owners but ‘it does allow the Department of State Police to create regulations to carry out the law,'” Breitbart’s AWR Hawkins reported.

In other words, the politicians got around having to explicitly write rules for confiscation by leaving it to the state police while at the same time leaving the police no room to refuse confiscation.

But Lewis says that the rules won’t do a thing to prevent crime.

“We are going to let them know that we are sick and tired of being penalized for Baltimore City’s inability to control crime,” Lewis says in his video.

The other bill is House Bill 786.

Police One reports that Maryland’s House Bill 786 “would regulate shotguns and hunting rifles similarly to handguns.” It would do this by creating a license for long gun ownership and requiring universal background checks on long gun sales/purchases.

WBOC quoted Lewis stressing his determination to stand against enforcement of HB 786. He said, “I will stand up against it.”

The states are the new anti-Second Amendment battle ground. The Democrats have finally realized that they can’t win in Washington or nationally on the anti-gun ticket, so they are striking out against our rights where they have the most power in the far left states they control.

It will take an act of the Supreme Court to put an end to it.

Or it will take another act of which we do not want to contemplate.

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