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McLennan Co. Sheriff will not enforce new federal gun, ammo laws

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The sheriff of McLennan County, in Waco, says he will not enforce new federal laws that restrict guns or ammunition.

Parnell McNamara is the newly elected sheriff of McLennan County; which includes Waco. Before that he was a U.S. Marshal for more than three decades.

His experience has led him to stand up against any new federal laws that may limit how his citizens can defend themselves.

"I can never disarm a law abiding citizen in this county or this state and I won't. I won't uphold those federal laws that infringe on our God-given rights," McNamara said.

Ideas tossed around in Washington include reducing the size of gun magazines, and banning assault weapons.

"The criminals are not going to come forth and turn in their high capacity magazines. If an altercation arises, which it's going to, the person with the limited magazine capacity is at a very bad disadvantage," McNamara said. "You don't want to end up second place in a gun fight. There are no second place winners."

The sheriff of Collin County, north of Dallas, is also speaking out.

"Neither I, nor my deputies will participate in the enforcement of laws that violate our precious constitutional rights," Sheriff Terry Box said.

A sheriff out of Oregon gained national attention last week when he wrote this letter to Vice President Joe Biden.

In it, Sheriff Tim Mueller states, "…I refuse to participate or stand idly by, while my citizens are turned into criminals due to the unconstitutional actions of misguided politicians."

Mueller posted the letter on Facebook. It now has more than 50,000 likes.

"We have the right to possess fire arms in our country. We have the right to protect ourselves and if it takes a 30 or 40 or 50 round magazine to do it and an assault rifle then I think people have the right to do it," said McNamara.

According to a former U.S. attorney, the sheriffs must uphold state law, but not necessarily federal law. The sheriff can't stop federal charges from being filed against a county resident because it would be considered interfering with a federal investigation.

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