McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara told an Austin TV station (why Austin I don't know) he would not enforce gun control laws he thought to be unconstitutional:
As the piece indicates, Sheriff McNamara isn't the first sheriff to make such a statement. And hearing these kinds of sentiments from local law enforcement drives the left nuts. Columnist Bud Kennedy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweeted this:
Craving camera time? Parnell McNamara must have asked the Austin TV station to come interview him. Right? I asked Bud Kennedy that. His response:
But beyond annoying the left, these comments from McNamara and others do raise an interesting question: what obligation to sheriffs have to uphold federal laws they view as unconstitutional? I'd imagine the same people getting bent out of shape over McNamra's comments on federal gun control laws wouldn't be all that upset if local law enforcement in, say Arizona, chose not to enforce federal immigration laws. But try to enforce those federal immigration laws and you're a racist/bigot renegade lawman who's just trying to push everyone around and run them out of the country. But by all means enforce those gun laws, damn it!
And here's a partial list (it does not include McNamara) of other sheriffs across the country who have expressed the same sentiment.