New Osage sheriff won't enforce new federal gun control actions

Michael Dixon sits at his desk in this undated photo from his campaign website.

Osage County's newly-elected sheriff announced Monday that his office won't enforce any gun control proposals that he sees as being in violation of the Second Amendment.

On the day of President Barack Obama's inauguration, Michael Dixon said in a news release that he wants the president to "stop his attempts to block the purchase, possession and use of firearms for law abiding Americans."

Dixon also confirmed his support of Missouri House Bill 170, which would make it illegal to enforce new federal gun control laws on gun owners and manufacturers.

"On the same day the President is taking his oath to uphold the Constitution, he continues to attack our 2nd Amendment rights," Dixon said. "As Osage County Sheriff, I also took an Oath to the Constitution; but unlike Obama, I intend to uphold mine. President Obama should quit his attempts to take guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens and instead focus on stopping the criminals that will get them no matter what. It is imperative we strengthen the penalty for criminals who use weapons in the commission of a crime or to cause bodily harm."

Dixon said he Osage County Sheriff's Department won't enforce any gun control proposals that the president passes if they are considered to be in violation of the Constitution. The sheriff said gun control efforts and crime statistics are proof that gun bans don't work.

"The Osage County Sheriffs Office will not enforce any of Obamaâ??s proposals that violate our constitutional right to own firearms," said Dixon. "The President comes from Chicago, the city with the strictest gun laws and worst gun violence in the country. It has been proven time and time again that taking guns from law abiding citizens only emboldens thugs, thieves, and rapists, not stop them from committing crimes."

"I will work with law enforcement from across Missouri to stop these unnecessary attacks on our rights," Dixon added. "At the same time, I will work with defenders of our 2nd Amendment in the state legislature to pass legal protections against our overreaching federal government, like House Bill 170. Hundreds of Sheriffs across this nation, and Missouri, are taking a stand to protect our second amendment rights."