Maryland Sherrif Says Expect Civil War if the Feds Come For Your Guns ~ Video

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis
Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis
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Wicomico County, MD--(Ammoland.com)- Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis makes no bones about his views on the stringent gun laws Maryland passed last year and thanks to his recent comments that got wide attention, he's gained some supporters.

In a video and print interview with a student journalist, published to YouTube on Aug. 21 2014, Lewis says he's no fan of government intervention in limiting the constitutionally protected right to possess firearms.

“As long as I'm the sheriff in this county,” he says in the video, “I will not allow the federal government to come in here and strip my citizens of their right to bear arms. I can tell you this, if they attempt to do that, it would be an all-out civil war, no question about it.”

Lewis says he has received hundreds of e-mails in support of his stance, which has also spawned a good deal of social media attention.

In an interview Thursday, the sheriff stressed he's not going to ignore any state or federal laws and gave assurances his deputies will “continue to use good common sense.”

“We have discretionary power to review all cases that come before us,” he said. “Any police officer on patrol uses their discretion all of the time. If they're using a firearm to commit a crime, that's a no-brainer, they're getting arrested. I'm doing nothing different today than before the law was passed.”

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, however, says Lewis' remarks seem to imply a lack of interest in enforcing gun laws based on the Second Amendment.

“That's where his argument fails,” Gansler said in an interview Wednesday.

“There are certainly people with differing views on gun policy; those views should be respected and discussed,” Gansler said. “But the fact of the matter is, the gun law that was passed by the General Assembly in Maryland is completely and unassailably constitutional under the Supreme Court's interpretation of the Second Amendment.”

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Imagine a government so paranoid it wants to be able to access your phone remotely . The same government wants backdoors built in the security of your electronics. Now The FBI director is complaining about new phone encryption already.Not even a week old, What does that tell us ?? They have gotten out of control with snooping in everyones business.
That out of control government is ours.

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what ever happen to the united states being united
the states know that the gun control is really people control and people control is against the LAW

Pete
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Jim, I agree. Law enforcement would have to show whether they’re pro-con quickly to avoid becoming targets. It appears elected law enforcement (sheriffs) are much more Constitutionally sound than appointed officials who are nothing more than lap dogs to those doing the appointing.

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I think this sheriff is correct–and I also fear that the first people (or force)to be affirmatively (or immediately preemptively) attacked to lower the others sides threat fears (real or perceived) will be any members of law enforcement. Law officers are armed, they know the area, where many of their citizens guns are or who owns them, and they know their citizens and at the area best. Therefore in a civil war or uprising local hostile event I fear that law enforcement would be tactically seen as the greatest immediate threat by the opposite side, unless they have shown by… Read more »

Joe
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Seems like Attorney General Gansler has his own interpretation of Second Ammendment Rights

JoeUSooner
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JoeUSooner

I wonder what color the sky is, in AG Gansler’s world…

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I used to live in Maryland and am very glad I moved away from socialists and communists. If I lived in Wicomico county, I would stand with the Sheriff. At the risk of being accused of being romantic, the Maryland Attorney General can kiss my ass.