- THE EPOCH TIMES - JUNE 13, 2021 - ALEX NEWMAN -
Elected officials have declared that the Bill of Rights will be upheld in their jurisdictions, even if it means standing against unconstitutional acts by state and federal authorities.
According to a resolution approved in Elko County on June 2, abuse of the constitutionally protected rights of citizens in Elko and Lander counties will be “dealt with as criminal activity.”
Officials in Lander County approved a similar effort.
Under the leadership of constitutionally minded sheriffs and elected commissioners, the two rural counties in Nevada decided to become “constitutional counties” where the rights of citizens will be protected from all attacks.
That means local authorities intend to uphold the entire Bill of Rights in those jurisdictions, and that even federal and state officials must comply with the U.S. Constitution there, they said.
As part of the effort to become a constitutional county, the two county governments also became the first in the nation to officially join the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA).
The national organization, made up of sheriffs and other law-enforcement officials dedicated to upholding their oaths of office to the U.S. Constitution and their state constitutions, has been training sheriffs about their constitutional role for years.
Countless lawmen from across America are individual members. But before 2021, no county government had ever requested to join as a county, and CSPOA did not even have that available as a membership option.
Now there are two that joined in the last month.
Sheriff Mack Speaks
“The people of these counties and their elected officials have had it up to here with unconstitutional dictates and mandates,” retired Sheriff Richard Mack, the founder and chief of CSPOA, told The Epoch Times in an interview.
Under the measure, county officials, including the sheriff and deputies, are strictly bound by their oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and protect the rights of constituents—even if that means defying what they view as unconstitutional orders, mandates, decrees, or statues from state or federal authorities.
The two rural counties in question both overwhelmingly approved the decisions to become official members of CSPOA and warn officials from every level of government to abide by the oath of office.
“The leadership of Elko County is an example to all Nevada and the entire country that tyranny will no longer be acceptable,” Sheriff Mack said, adding that elected officials in these counties understand they have a duty to protect the liberties of their people against anyone who may seek to undermine them.
In comments to The Epoch Times, Mack said that having local elected officials tell federal and state authorities that the Bill of Rights will be upheld in their jurisdictions helps protect the God-given freedoms that each citizen was born with.
“This is the peaceful and effective solution millions of Americans have been praying for to take back America county by county and state by state,” he continued.
“These public officials are actually doing something that has been lost in political correctness for a very long time; they are courageously keeping their oaths of office to uphold, defend, and preserve the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Nevada,” added Mack, who famously sued the Clinton administration while serving as sheriff and won at the U.S. Supreme Court.
“God bless Elko County!” he added.
For years, Sheriff Mack has traveled the nation educating sheriffs and communities on what he says is their duty to protect the constitutionally guaranteed liberties of their constituents from efforts to undermine them—even from federal and state governments.
In his landmark 1997 lawsuit against federal gun-control programs, the Supreme Court delivered a major win for proponents of the U.S. Constitution’s 10th Amendment, which reserves all powers not delegated to the U.S. government for the states or the people.
Constitutional scholars have argued that the case was among the most important Supreme Court rulings protecting states’ rights.
Under what has come to be known as the Constitution’s “anti-commandeering doctrine,” the high court’s opinion in Printz v. United States also reiterated that sheriffs are not bound to help enforce federal statutes or regulations.
The resolution adopted by Elko county included language indicating that county officials will protect the rights of all citizens in the jurisdiction, even if it means going against federal or state authorities.