Jaskson County Kentucky Sheriff, Denny Peyman, has vowed to defy any federal gun control laws that he feels will violate the United States Constitution. He asserts that his office will refuse to enforce any new federal gun control laws.
Peyman contends that as Kentucky is a commonwealth, the sheriff’s department holds predominant power over state and federal agents. In fact, in a recent press conference, the sheriff asserted that as the “highest elected official in the county,” he actually has the power and right to ask any federal or state agents to leave his county.
Additionally, the Kentucky sheriff made the bold statement that he does not care what gun control laws are passed by Obama as the sheriff holds more power in Jackson County than any federal agents. He challenged critics to research the fact that Kentucky is a commonwealth.
As reported by redstate.com, Peyman is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, encouraging all law enforcement officers to consider following his lead. In his press conference he discussed his strong opposition to federal gun control laws:
“My office will not comply with any federal action which violates the United States Constitution or the Kentucky Constitution which I swore to uphold. Let them pull that stuff in other places if they want, but not in Jackson County, Kentucky. Just a few of us have to be willing to stand up to political opposition putting our people at risk. The other side will back down.”
Sheriff Peyton is not stranger to controversy. The 0utspoken official has been under scrutiny since last year due t fiscal issues in the department. As reported by lex18.com, the Jackson County fiscal court has called for removal of the sheriff due to a $300,000 deficit.
The county has issued “several emergency executive orders,” to resolve the situation, including an attempt to remove Peyman from office.
For now, Peyton is the sheriff of Jackson County, Kentucky and he is very clear on his opinions about gun control. Peyman’s press conference, addressing federal gun control and how he and his deputies intend to respond: