Clark County Republicans want Sheriff Gillespie to refuse to enforce any "unconstitutional gun regulations"

So says a resolution passed last week by Nevada's largest Republican Party.

And they don't even cite the letter written by Humboldt County Sheriff Ed Kilgore, instead invoking one penned by an Oregon sheriff.

My guess is Gillespie, who ironically is meeting in DC with the president about gun control,  will not agree to the GOP's request.

Here is the party's pro-gun manifesto:


Dear Clark County Republicans,


The following resolution passed at the meeting of the Clark County Republican Central Committee on January 23, 2013.


Resolution of the Clark County Republican Central Committee


WHEREAS:  On December 14, 2012, a shooting occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, resulting in the deaths of twenty school children and six adult staff members.


WHEREAS:  The perpetrator of these crimes carried them out using two handguns, none of which were obtained legally by him under currently existing gun control laws.  


WHEREAS:  Subsequent to this tragic incident, there has been substantial media discussion regarding additional forms of Federal gun control, including the creation of a task force led by Vice President  Joseph Biden.


WHEREAS:  On January 16, 2013, President Barack Obama set forth 23 executive actions specifically intended to move the nation’s policy towards increased restrictions on gun ownership.  


WHEREAS:  On January 16, 2013, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul issued a memorandum indicating intent to deny funding for implementation and allow members of congress ands state officials to challenge the actions in court.


WHEREAS:  California Senator Dianne Feinstein has stated that she intends to introduce a bill banning assault weapons, with similar legislation being introduced in the House of Representatives, and New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg announced that he intends to introduce legislation banning magazines holding more than ten rounds of ammunition.


WHEREAS: Linn County, OR Sheriff Tim Mueller has sent a letter to Vice President Biden stating that “Any federal regulation enacted by Congress or by executive order of the President offending the constitutional rights of my citizens shall not be enforced by me or my deputies, nor will I permit the enforcement of any unconstitutional regulations or orders by federal officers within the borders of Linn County, OR”.  Sheriff Mueller was joined in this statement by Curry County, OR Sheriff John Bishop, Douglas County, OR Sheriff John Hanlin, and Crook County, OR Sheriff Jim Hensley.


WHEREAS:  The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution states that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.


WHEREAS:  There has been substantial public discussion regarding proposals to have armed teachers, administrators, or security guards in schools as a way to provide enhanced security. 


WHEREAS:  There have been multiple incidents of intended killing sprees that have been stopped by persons carrying concealed weapons legally, including a school  shooting in Pearl, MS on October 1, 1997, a school shooting at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, VA on January 16, 2002, and a school shooting at Mercaz HaRav in Israel on March 6, 2008.


BE IT RESOLVED:  That the Clark County Republican Party expresses its condolences to the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and the community of Newtown, CT as a whole.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  That while this incident is tragic, the tragedy does not supersede the rights guaranteed to Americans under the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  That the second amendment ensures Americans the rights to arm to provide a safe environment for and defend their person, their loved ones, and their property.  The executive actions announced by President Obama on January 16, 2013, are steps intended to create an environment to dilute these rights, with a by-product of increased Federal spending and increased sharing of data on individuals.  As such, we support the proposal of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul opposing the implementation of the proposed executive actions.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  That despite the media characterizations, weapons such as the Bushmaster AR-15 have legitimate purposes for law-abiding citizens, and we do not support the extension of the term ‘assault weapon’ by the media to bring about more stringent gun control.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  That the Clark County Republican Party is firmly committed to upholding the Second Amendment, and encourages Senators and Representatives to oppose legislation that conflicts with these rights, specifically including opposition to Senator Feinstein’s proposed assault weapons ban, which is simply a resurrection of a failed solution to crime that was implemented in 1994 and sunsetted in 2004 without showing any significant effect in reducing violent crime, and Senator Lautenberg’s proposed limitation on magazine capacity.  


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  That the Clark County Republican Party stands in support of the letter sent by Linn County, OR Sheriff Tim Mueller to not enforce unconstitutional regulations and refuse orders from or prohibit enforcement action by Federal officers in Linn County, OR.  We call on Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie to issue a similar statement, or, absent any actual legislation, issue a statement in support of the Second Amendment and reiterating his oath to uphold the Constitution.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  That when it comes to the security of schools, including whether teachers or administrators should be allowed, encouraged or mandated to carry concealed weapons, that it is the role of local school boards and administrators to respond to the will of the citizens of local communities regarding schools, and that this is not a Federal matter.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  That the Clark County Republican Party encourages all citizens concerned about security in local schools to be in contact with their school board and express their voice as to appropriate measures of security in those schools.



Additionally, we are very pleased to see Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduce H.R. 133, the Citizens Protection Act of 2013, which would repeal the Gun Free School Zones Act of 1990.


Call your representatives, get involved in your local school board, be part of the solution.


Yours in Conservative Battle,

Cindy Lake
Chairman, Clark County Republican Party