Sheriff: 'I Do Not Work for the Federal Government'

Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap says he'll do everything in his power "to see that no one messes with our right to bear arms," about proposed gun control measures.

Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap is one of several area sheriffs to speak out against a number of gun control measures proposed earlier this month by President Barack Obama.

Some of the president’s proposals include a limit on the number of bullets in an ammo clip and a renewed ban on assault rifles.

Here's what Millsap said in a statement to Cartersville Patch:

I am a supporter and firm believer in the Constitution of the United States especially the 2nd amendment. I will do everything in my power to see that NO ONE messes with our right to bear arms. I do not work for the federal government, I work for the citizens of Bartow County.

In adjacent Cherokee County, Sheriff Roger Garrison said in a letter he and his deputies would not enforce "any laws or regulations that negate the constitutional rights of the citizens of Cherokee County," nor will allow the enforcement of "Any unconstitutional regulations or orders by federal officers" within his county’s borders.

"In the aftermath of the recent criminal events, the president, vice-president and many members of Congress are attempting to exploit the deaths of innocent victims by attempting to enact laws, restrictions; and, even through use of executive orders, prevent law-abiding American citizens from possessing certain firearms and ammunition magazines," Garrison wrote in an opinion published on Woodstock Patch.

Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren authored a letter with a similar sentiment, which was published by the Marietta Daily Journal.

"It is my firm commitment to immediately challenge and seek injunctive relief from any statute or executive action which violates the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the citizens of Cobb County," Warren wrote.

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Alex Mason January 25, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Where in the second amendment does it say what time of arms citizens are allowed to own? It doesn't. Should all arms be legal? Would Millsap arrest someone who possessed a M60 or a stinger missile? How come he gets to decide what laws to uphold? Now THAT is scary.
Lee Neal January 25, 2013 at 11:33 PM
People who are ignorant to the long standing BATF rules and regulations should refrain from making post on subjects that they have not researched Alex. If you have the spare change around and proper paperwork a law abiding citizen can legally own a M-60. A stinger missle on the other hand is a definitely a big no no. I've never seen anyone outside of military personal in possession of on. He is clearly stating that he is a firm believer in The Old America's foundation and the principles that have made our country so great. My hats of to you Sheriff and I and many of our County will always have your support.
Kim Baxley January 26, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Sheriff Millsap, As an American, a Native Georgian, and a resident of Bartow County, I thank you, and salute you for your support in this matter sir. Alex Mason, as the "only elected" position in law enforcement, we, his constituents, gave him our trust, and vote of support to decide what laws to enforce. We trust him to not enforce a law he feels goes against The Constitution he is sworn to uphold, until such time as The Supreme Court can rule on said law. Unlike others in law enforcement who answer to those who "appointed them", sometimes to be their puppets.
JJ January 26, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Thank you, Sheriff Millsap!
Michael Fitz January 26, 2013 at 03:50 PM
@Alex Mason...that is an idiotic statement sir! You mean to tell me that you really think and would be alright with your neighbors having damn missiles?! It's a lot different than having a regular firearm whether it be for sport or personal protection. I am proud to have Sheriff Millsap in office as our Sheriff and am so glad to see he's standing up and doing what is right under our constitutional rights!
Kimberly January 26, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Have you read the proposal by the President? All he has done is try to enforce the 1994 gun laws. Here is a link to the actual proposal: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/preventing-gun-violence
Kimberly January 26, 2013 at 06:04 PM
And, Sheriff Millsap, you do work for the Federal Government, the State of Georgia Government, the Bartow County Government, and the citizens of Bartow County, GA. You agreed to uphold the laws and to accept those responsibilties each time you take the Sheriff's Oath of Office. Perhaps, you may want to read the President's proposal and state exactly which section(s) you are opposed to: keeping our children safe, keeping automatic assault rifles out of public/criminal hands, keeping bullets that pierce protection vests out of circulation, etc.?
Debbie Hawkins January 26, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Thank you Sheriff Millsap and the others!!! John and Debbie Hawkins
Brett Miller January 27, 2013 at 01:02 PM
2 weeks before Christmas my parents home was robbed twice in 4 days.We have lived on Glade rd for 90 yrs.It is a dangerous place to live.We need our guns.The support that we have received from the BARTOW CO. SHERIFF DEPT has been incredible.My parents are in their mid eighties.I have never seen such professionalism mixed with compassion and competency from ANY police department in my life.I want to personally thank you Clark for bringing together the kind of men that you have and delegating the power of the SHERIFFS OFFICE in such a way as to provide such a service.Thank you Russell, Lee, Dan, Robbie and Jamie for what you did for my parents!Thank you for what you do everyday.After the robbery your efforts to concentrate on this area worked.I spend more time walking our property lines at night than I used to,I don't hear as much 4 wheeler activity between Staton Pl and Kings Camp as I did before.The drunk parties are keeping it down quite a bit.PLEASE keep it up!IT IS WORKING!I always felt like our end of the county was a lost cause but with recent events/The sports complex/Bass PRO SHOP/The acquisition of Kings Camp Marina/The possibility of a gated community at Bartow Carver;we might have a shot at a decent community YET.Thankyou for making a STAND with many others against the tyranny of the gun grabbers.They don't understand what made this country.That is their problem. WE voted you in/NOT THE DAMN FEDS!STAND STRONG BOYS!THE GOOD GUYS HAVE TO WIN THIS ONE! BRETT MILLER
Alex Mason January 28, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Law enforcement is part of the executive branch of government. It is not part of the judicial or legislative branch. Sheriffs do not make nor interpret laws, as far as I know. Their job is to effectively enforce laws. Also, don't forget that appointed law enforcement are appointed by elected officials - who you voted for and entrusted to make decisions about law enforcement. So, if they are puppets, they are puppets to those whom the people put into office, not some dictator. While I respect your viewpoint, I believe he should enforce all laws unless they are found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
Alex Mason January 28, 2013 at 02:32 PM
I'm sorry, Lee. Pardon me for having an opinion. So sorry that I haven't met your standards of expertise on the subject. Let me leave this up to the experts who hang out on the Cartersville Patch forums. Why is a stinger missle a big no no? I know a lot of people who believe that civilians should be able to have access to any armaments that our military has access to. Doesn't the 2nd Amendment protect against infringements on the right to bear arms? Oh, not all arms? What makes a specific weapon acceptable and not another? You seem to have drawn the line at stinger missle.
Alex Mason January 28, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Michael, To be clear, I do not think it would be alright for my neighbors to have missles. I am making the point that there is a line at which we should infringe upon peoples right to bear arms. The 2nd Amendment does not make that caveat, yet reasonable people would agree that we should prohibit civilian access to such arms (missles, grenades, etc). If you can accept that, you can accept that there are limits to the right to bear arms. The current debate is over where we draw the line - not if there should be a line drawn. There clearly already is. I respect that some people think that line should be moved further towards more deadly weapons, but arguing that the constitution protects the right to bear them ignores the fact that some arms are already withheld from civilian ownership. Does that make sense?


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