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Cleveland Co. Sheriff Says He Won't Enforce Government Instituted Gun Ban

Dana Hertneky, News 9

A metro sheriff says if thefederal government institutes a gun ban, he will not enforce it.

Cleveland County Sheriff JoeLester made the proclamation through a letter to constituents. The sheriff isone now of more than 200 sheriffs across the country who say proposed federalgun laws are unconstitutional and therefore they will not enforce them.

Lester posted the letter onthe sheriff's website. In it, Lester says when he took office, he wassworn to support the Constitution and that includes the second amendment.

"I will keep thatOath." the sheriff writes. "I believe any issuance of a law ordirective by the Federal Government contrary to this amendment to the U.S.constitution would be unlawful."

Read the full letterhere.

"Joe has never been a personto hide any feeling about it," said James Timmons, who owns American Armory andTactical in Norman.

It's an issue that gun right'sadvocates have been keeping a close eye on. Ken, who works for Timmons butdid not want to give News 9 his last name, says he read the sheriff's letter online.

"He will support the Oklahomapeople if they come to take our firearms, if that was to happen," Ken said.

The sheriff made proclamationeven though he represents Norman, one of the most liberal cities in Oklahoma. Andsupport of the sheriff seems to go right down the battle lines of gun control.

"I wouldn't support thatbecause if there is a federal ban I think it should be instituted all acrosslocal areas as well," said Scott Williams who lives in Norman.

"I support Joe, what he'sdoing and what he's saying and give him a lot of respect for coming out andmaking it clear what his stance is," argued Timmons.

The Oklahoma Sheriff'sAssociation says their members also strongly support a citizen's right to thesecond amendment and recognizes the ultimate authority of the United StatesSupreme Court.