Gun confiscation. Federal agents randomly searching citizens. Government questioning citizens about what they think or believe.
Much of what critics of a big federal government have been fearing for years appears to be happening now. Sometimes openly, sometimes behind clandestine strategies.
So it’s important for Americans to know the stances of their elected and appointed officials on constitutional issues, and that’s why leaders of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association are taking names.
That is, signatures on a resolution affirming some of the basics of the U.S. Constitution. Signatories pledge not to allow the registration of personal firearms, the confiscation of firearms without probable cause, due process and constitutionally compliant warrants, or audits or searches of a citizen’s personal affairs without probable cause.
Sam Bushman, a spokesman for CSPOA, told WND that more than 100 officials already have signed the resolution, with virtually no organized effort to promote it. The names are posted at the organization’s website.
Among the signers are the only GOP state senator in Hawaii, 11 members of the Utah state House of Representative and 3 Arizona state senators.
Bushman told WND that online signatures are not accepted for the resolution that was assembled by organization leaders at a recent meeting. Signatures must be on a physical copy that can be kept on file.
He said there soon will be a companion citizens’ petition on the White House website that will offer citizens a chance to speak out in support of the Constitution.
The resolution answers the question about what these elected officials are willing to do to protect their constituents from an overbearing and overreaching federal bureaucracy.
“It boils down to the core components of protecting life, liberty and property,” Bushman said.
The demanding text of the resolution insists+ that the Constitution be followed, and “the people of these United States are, and have a right to be, free and independent, and these rights are derived from the ‘Law of Nature and nature’s God.'”
“We further reaffirm that ‘The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.'”
Of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association
Pursuant to the powers and duties bestowed upon us by our citizens, the undersigned do hereby resolve that any federal officer, agent, or employee, regardless of supposed congressional authorization, is required to obey and observe limitations consisting of the enumerated powers as detailed within Article 1 Section 8 of the U S Constitution and the Bill Of Rights.
The people of these United States are, and have a right to be, free and independent, and these rights are derived from the “Law of Nature and nature’s God.” As such, they must be free from infringements on the right to keep and bear arms, unreasonable searches and seizures, capricious detainments and every other natural right whether enumerated or not, pursuant to the 9th amendment.
We further reaffirm that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” (10th Amendment)
Furthermore, we maintain that no agency established by the U.S. Congress can develop its own policies or regulations which supersede the Bill of Rights or the Constitution, nor does the executive branch have the power to make law, overturn law or set aside law.
Therefore, in order to protect the American people, BE IT RESOLVED THAT,
The following abuses will not be allowed or tolerated:
1) Registration of personal firearms under any circumstances.
2) Confiscation of firearms without probable cause, due process, and constitutionally compliant warrants issued by a local or state jurisdiction.
3) Audits or searches of a citizen’s personal affairs or finances without probable cause, due process, and constitutionally compliant warrants issued by a local or state jurisdiction.
4) Inspections of person or property without probable cause and constitutionally compliant warrants as required by the 4th Amendment and issued by a local or state jurisdiction.
5) The detainment or search of citizens without probable cause and proper due process compliance, or the informed consent of the citizen.
6) Arrests with continued incarceration without charges and complete due process, including, but not limited to public and speedy jury trials, in a court of state or local jurisdiction.
7) Domestic utilization of our nation’s military or federal agencies operating under power granted under the laws of war against American citizens.
8) Arrest of citizens or seizure of persons or property without first notifying and obtaining the express consent of the local sheriff.
AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED,
that the undersigned Sheriffs, Peace Officers, and other Public Servants, do hereby denounce any acts or agencies which promote the aforementioned practices. All actions by the federal government and its agents will conform strictly and implicitly with the principles expressed within the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights.
There is no greater obligation or responsibility of any government officer than to protect the rights of the people. Thus, any conduct contrary to the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, or the Bill of Rights will be dealt with as criminal activity.
Bushman told WND that one goal is to get enough online signatures of citizens to force a reply from the White House.
Eventually, he said, a broad coalition of like-minded constitutional organizations could be assembled to carry out an action plan to distribute details about the issues, leading up to a national rally in Washington.
That plan includes a proposal for a delegation to deliver the CSPOA resolution to the president, vice president and attorney general, with provisions to ask those who refuse to sign to resign from office.
“A team of constitutional attorneys will be assembled to support an action plan to replace rogue government officials who will not obey their oaths of office,” Bushman said.