Sheriff JoeMaricopa County (AZ) Sheriff Joe Arpaio, in a radio interview, told a reporter that he will not enforce any federal laws that attempt to confiscate guns from lawful citizens who are entitled to posses them. The sheriff indicated that he had taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the US and were he to enforce any Federal confiscation order, it would amount to a violation of that oath.

Image: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Arpaio joins a number of law-enforcement officials around the country that are essentially saying the same thing. There is a very strong sentiment in Utah, where 28 of the 29 elected sheriffs have stated the same intent.

Here’s the money quote - when asked if he would enforce a ban on standard capacity (more than 10 rounds) magazine he gave the following response:

“No,” Arpaio said. “My deputies, I said before, I’m going to arm all my deputies – a month ago I said before this – with automatic weapons and semi-automatic weapons. We’re going to be able to fight back. … I don’t care what they say from Washington.”

The Better Half and I sure like living in Arizona and especially in Maricopa County.