Oklahoma to Allow Sheriffs to Arrest Federal ATF Agents
Oklahoma has been a Second Amendment Sanctuary State since mid-2021, but a new amendment to the law adds a little bite to the bark.
Oklahoma House Bill 1002 seeks to allow Oklahoma sheriffs the authority to arrest any federal law enforcement officer seeking to violate the constitutional rights of an American/Oklahoma citizen.
Basically, the federal government can ban whatever they want to at a federal level in regard to guns, but if Oklahoma deems it unconstitutional, state law enforcement won't enforce said laws, leaving it to be the responsibility of federal law enforcement.
Have you ever heard of Ruby Ridge or Waco, Texas?
The ATF (Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives) is the law enforcement arm of the government dedicated to enforcing laws pertaining. In the last two years, the agency has become increasingly active in its pursuit to restrict citizens' rights to 'keep and bear arms.'
There is a hoard of videos online across most social media platforms of ATF agents knocking on doors and demanding consent to search properties without warrants. The agency claims they're carrying out these raids in the name of safety and the rule of law, but for all their efforts, there is a clear and present lack of results.
All in all, it appears to be run-of-the-mill federal harassment of law-abiding citizens, and Oklahoma legislatures are seeking to get ahead of this federal trend.
From the bill:
It shall be the duty of the courts and law enforcement
agencies of this state to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and to bear arms within the borders of this state and to protect these rights from the infringement provided under the Second Amendment Sanctuary State Act.
Pursuant to the provisions of this section, a county sheriff shall have the authority to detain or arrest any federal employee operating within the county of the jurisdiction of the sheriff while enforcing any federal act, law, executive order, administrative order, court order, rule, policy, or regulation in violation of subsection B of this section.
Any federal, state, county or municipal act, law, executive
order, administrative order, court order, rule, policy or regulation ordering the buy-back, confiscation or surrender of firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition from law-abiding citizens of this state shall be considered an infringement on the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and Section 26 of Article II of the Oklahoma Constitution.
There's an infinite number of reasons the ATF might come knocking at your door.. Perhaps you purchased more than one firearm in the last few weeks, you've purchased a pistol brace in the past, you're using an Amazon solvent trap as a solvent trap, etc... you have no responsibility or obligation to open your home to them without a warrant. It would be far easier to do so, after all, you have nothing to hide but your rights are your rights.
Odds are the retaliation will be severe since you wouldn't be respecting their authoritah... They'll obtain a warranty, come back, kick in your door, place you in zip-ties, kill the dog, the whole nine yards... but what goes around comes around. Odds are they're only wearing level-III chest plates anyway.
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