Texas Sheriff Won't Enforce Gun Laws That He Says Violate Constitution

Collin County Sheriff Terry Box says he, nor his deputies, will enforce unconstitutional gun laws put in place by whom he calls misguided politicians.

In the statement, Box said the following:

In light of recent events I feel I need to make a public statement of my views on this subject. As the Sheriff of Collin County, Texas, I have for the past 28 years served to protect and keep safe all citizens of our county, recognizing the trust placed in me with this profoundly important responsibility.

Unfortunately, the recent surge in the numbers of innocent victims who have died at the hands of unstable criminals has prompted politicians in Washington to seek to pass laws that would seriously erode the constitutional rights of innocent and law abiding citizens.

Neither I, nor any of my deputies, will participate in the enforcement of laws that violate our precious constitutional rights, including our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

As long as I remain Sheriff of Collin County, I will not participate in the actions of misguided politicians who seek to impede our citizen’s right to all of the privileges afforded by our Constitution.




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28 comments on “Texas Sheriff Won't Enforce Gun Laws That He Says Violate Constitution
  1. Kent says:

    I would counter sheriff that,you have no respect for the Constitutionnthat specifically details three branches of the government, executive, legislative and judicial. The judicial beingmghemcheck and Vance to determine constitutionality of laws made by second branch. When we have citizens like the Sheriff flagrantly flouting the Constitution, we cease to have a country. The sheriff is no better than the current President who you accuse of disregarding the Constitution. A grandstanding a dishonorable action.

    • gonepostal says:

      An unconstitutional law is not a law.

    • Maggie says:

      Kent, That is pure gobbledeegook! Sometimes, protecting our rights means that you must disregard laws that trample our constitutional (God given) rights.

    • Jack Huddle says:

      Kent, you sir are an Obamite for sure. Obviously you are a product of our education system and all that’s wrong with it.

    • Ken says:

      Kent, you are an unadulterated idiot. Pull your head out of the sand and look around at what the commies in DC are doing to our liberties. We must fight to survive..!

      • Bill Richter says:

        Ken yor are RIGHT THIS IS A WEAK JURK! This Sheriff from the GREAT STATE OF Texas sounds a STRONG AND TRUE LAW MAN!!! If only Wyatt Earp and other GREAT LAW MEN COULD SEE THIS (MESS) THAY WOULD S*#% That is when the law was the LAW how do you think that settled all of the lawless towns…..NOT LIKE TODAY DIRTBAGS HAVE ALL OF THE RIGHTS Then the law has to call them SIR or MAM>>>>>>HA,HA,HA…..45 TO THE HEAD

    • Lew says:

      It’s very clear to me you sir are full of B.S! Go HOME your village is missing its IDIOT!

    • Kent, You have your brain on the wrong end of the spinal cord. It is the government that has no respect for The Constitution of the USA. Some or most of them are traitors to the American way of life.

    • Remington 870 says:

      Kent..your argument has merit, but does not float when compared to other dictators who disarmed their citizens using their various branches of government. Do you really believe Holder is a honorable man with good intentions for America? Explain Holder’s involvement with Fast & Furious? We have a government out of control…time for Patriots to stop the Communists from taking our guns and making us slaves.

    • racefish says:

      “The judicial beingmghemcheck and Vance”

      What does that mean?

      Obviously, you haven’t studied the Constitution either. Executive orders are supposed to be in line with Constitutional law. They hold no weight as long as they countermand the Constitution. We pretty much know, or at least hope, Congress has enough votes to shut Obama down.

    • PierceArrowV12 says:

      If Kent had been around when free-state abolitionists defied the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act, he would have accused the abolitionists of “grandstanding!”

    • Tom Thygesen says:

      The president IS disregarding the Constitution. BTW, the Sheriff is not bound to enforce federal law. He’s bound to enforce local ordnance and state statute. All law enforcement officers at the state or county or municipal level are commissioned by their local state. Federal laws are enforced by the federal government. Any federal law that disregards any part of the Constitution like an illegal order to disarm citizens he’d be bound to resist. But left wingers don’t abide by that. If it sounds good in their mind, to hell with the Constitution.

  2. Samurai_Sam says:

    I guess Kent has never heard of state sovereignty. Oh well, one must cling to those ideas that seem to support liberalism and ignore facts that don’t fit the liberal agenda. Thankfully there are still a few people in this country with the backbone to stand up to the tyranny of this administration. God only knows there is no one in Washington that is willing to do it.Let’s just see where this goes. According to one report ( I can’t verify or disprove) BO has asked US military leaders if they would be willing to fire on US citizens. Anyone else see this one coming?

    From the Declaration of Independence;

    When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    Doesn’t just apply to foreign dictatorships, This also applies to domestic dictatorships!

  3. J.E. (BO) Pickel says:

    Kent: Go to another country if you don’t believe in Our CONSTITUTION and respect the People Who have the GUTS enough to stand up for it. BYE

  4. J.E. (BO) Pickel says:

    The BO asking about the military firing upon us is not Me.

  5. Made_in_the_USA says:

    Makes me proud to know that I voted for Sheriff Box every time he was up for re-election. A truly great American, kinda like Sheriff Joe, but without all the publicity!

    • joebideyourtime says:

      Let’s hope all the sheriff’s uphold the constitution. The Supreme Court does not necessarily decide what is constitutional.

  6. Stjtdd says:

    You have honored your oath, thank you for protecting the American people. Your decision to make this stand comes with real threat from this administration and your courage is what I needed to see to believe we, our children have a chance to live free.
    Again thank you,
    Be blessed.

  7. Liberty Freedom says:

    9pTO HELLL WITH. LAWLESS GOVERNMENT TYRANNY & GUN CONTROL
    TO HELL WITH INTERNATIONAL COURTS. THIS IS A HIGH TREASON TO OUR NATION SOVREIGNTY & US LAWS. TIME TO ARREST THE TYRANTS IN OUR GOVERNMENT ACCORDING TO OUR NATION LAWS & THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE & THE CONSTITUTION TO PROTECT OUR REPUBLIC AGAINST AL FOREIGN ENEMIES &$ DOMESTIC ENEMIES IN AMERICA WITH ALL MAJOR LAW ENFORCERS & ARMED CIVILANS, NATIONAL GUARDS & THE MILITARY. WE AS AMERICAN SWORN OATH TO PROTECT OUR REPUBLIC AGAINST FOREIGN & DOMESTIC ENEMIES & TYRANNY MUST NEVER BE TOLERATED IN AMERICA. OUR FOUNDERS & GOD WOULD HAVE WANTED THE PEOPLE, LAW ENFORCERS, MOLITARY & MILITIAS TO MARCH SIDE BY SIDE TO REMOVED ALL TYRANTS DEMOCRATS, PROGRESSIVES OUTOF TE PEOPLE GOVERNMENT & SEND THEM ALL TO PRISON ACCORDING TO THE LAW.
    GOVERNMENT TYRANNY ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW. THIS IS WHY THE FOUNDERS GAVE US LAWS TO LIVE BY & PROTECT OUR REPUBLIC AGAINST GOVERNMENT TYRANY & ABOLISHED ALL UNCONSTITUTIONAL COMMUNIST POLICIES & LAWS THAT OPPRESSES TE PEOPLE MUST NEVER BE ALLWED IN AMERICA. WE ARE AMERICANTHE LAND OF THE FREE THAT NO ONE SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO TAKE AWAY OUR FREEDON, RIGHTS, LIBERTY & THE PERSUIT OF HAPPINES TO SUCCEED IN GREATWEALTH FROM OUR LABOR WORK IN AMERICA. GOD BLESS THE REPUBLIC OF AMEWRICA. GOD HELP US AGAINST EVIL IN AMERICA

  8. I want to congratulate this patriot American that will not be part of Obama dismantelling of our American system.. My best wishes to you and your departement and the rest of America should follow your steps.

  9. LeSellers says:

    The Utah Sheriffs’ Association has sent a letter to O’bama, saying, among other things,

    “… As professional peace officers, if we understand nothing else, we understand this: lawful violence must sometimes be employed to deter and stop criminal violence. Consequently, the citizenry must continue its ability to keep and bear arms that adequately protect them from all types of illegality

    We respect the Office of the President of the United States of America. But, make no mistake as the duly-elected sheriffs of our respective counties, we will enforce the rights guaranteed to our citizens by the Constitution. No federal official will be permitted to descend upon or constituents and take from them what the Bill of Rights—in particular Amendment II—has given [sic*] them. We, like you, swore a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and we are prepared to trade our lives for the preservation of its traditional interpretation.” (My emphasis, emphasis in the original)
    * The Constitution, of course, does not “give” us any rights. It instructs the government to protect those with which we “are endowed by [our] Creator”.

    There are 29 counties in Utah. There are 28 members of the association (Salt Lake County, now more than half non-white, is the sole non-participant). Texas may have a better percentage of sheriffs dedicated to their oaths and to the Constitution, but I doubt it.

    Mr. O’bama, will there ever be any Jobs?

    • Tom Thygesen says:

      LeSellers, are you serious? Your Sheriff’s Association wrote this? Can I get a copy of the full text? This is WONDERFUL! As a former cop, this is in line with some of the things I’ve written in this forum. I said long ago I determined that local law agencies and states need to start pushing back on the federal government which has stepped WAY out of its Constitutional boundaries and has at times taken to abusing citizens with completely unjustified no-knock armed raids. One of the most egregious was the Dept of Justice raid against Gibson Guitars in 2009 over supposed illegal exotic woods! Turns out they weren’t, but that hasn’t prevented Holder from refusing to return the company’s property years later over this non-violation! It was a completely unacceptable abuse of power, but what makes it worse is the fact that the workers and Gibson’s president himself had fully automatic weapons pointed in their faces over a supposed infraction of our importation laws! Is that reasonable? If I was a local police chief/sheriff and learned something like this was going on in my jurisdiction I’d personally lead a force of my officers to the place this was happening and arrest the federal agents involved. It would be a stand off between law enforcement against law enforcement, and this would make serious national news, with the purpose of putting an end to this abuse by federal authorities of the use of SWAT teams. They’re supposed to be a weapon of last resort for violent offenders. There is NEVER an excuse to use armed agents over technical statutory violations of law, especially when it turns out in so many cases that no law was broken anyway.

      • LeSellers says:

        Here’s the text in its entirety:

        ================

        17 January 2013

        The Honorable Barack Obama
        President of the United States of America
        The White House
        1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
        Washington, DC 20500

        Dear President Obama:

        We, the elected sheriffs of Utah, like so many of our fellow Americans, are literally heartbroken for the loved ones of the murdered victims in Connecticut. As Utahans we are not strangers to this kind of carnage—one of the latest being the 2007 Trolley Square murders wherein nine innocents were gunned down—five losing their lives.

        We also recognize the scores of other recent domestic massacres, which have decimated countless honorable lives. As Americans, we value the sanctity of of life. Furthermore, similar to our inspired Founders, we acknowledge our subservience to a higher power.

        With the number of mass shootings America has endured, it is easy to demonize firearms; it is also foolish and prejudiced. Firearms are nothing more than instruments, valuable and potentially dangerous, but instruments nonetheless. Malevolent souls, like the criminals who commit mass murders, will always exploit valuable instruments in the pursuit of evil. As professional peace officers, if we understand nothing else, we understand this: lawful violence must sometimes be employed to deter and stop criminal violence. Consequently, the citizenry must continue its ability to keep and bear arms that adequately protect them from all types of illegality.

        We respect the Office of the President of the United States of America. But, make no mistake as the duly-elected sheriffs of our respective counties, we will enforce the rights guaranteed to our citizens by the Constitution. No federal official will be permitted to descend upon our constituents and take from them what the Bill of Rights—in particular Amendment II—has given [sic] them. We, like you, swore a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and we are prepared to trade our lives for the preservation of its traditional interpretation.

        The Utah Sheriffs’ Association

        ========================

        Mr. O’bama, will there ever be any Jobs?

  10. Larry says:

    It is up to the courts to decide what laws are or are not Constitutional. However, executive orders are NOT laws!! Laws can only come out of Congress. Also the President also has no authority to circumvent the Constitution to which he took an oath to preserve, protect, & defend! The President has NO authority to deem a law NOT be enforced!! ie: Immigration. I commend the officers and their superiors that will follow the Constitution before the President!

    • Larry says:

      To add the 2nd Amendment can NOT be disregarded as it says it is not to be infringed on!! Therefore unless there is a constitutional convention held to repeal the amendment and 3/4 of the states agree, then right to bear arms stands above any laws that might infringe on it!

  11. freedomringsforall says:

    Hooray more standing up for our rights and freedoms.

  12. George Vieto says:

    Thank you Sheriff Box for your duty as sheriff.