Canyon Sheriff Doesn't Want to Enforce Executive Actions on Guns


Newly elected Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue hadn't been born yet when, in 1957, local law enforcement and the nation's chief executive had a standoff. But Donahue, 50, may want to research how the 1957 Little Rock crisis ended, when Arkansas lawmen wanted to keep African-American children from entering a local high school (President Dwight Eisenhower ended up sending U.S. Army paratroopers to assist in upholding the law).

But Donahue is apparently itching for a similar tussle. On Thursday, the recently sworn-in sheriff told his constituents which laws he wouldn't uphold: new federal firearms restrictions signed as executive orders earlier this week by President Barack Obama. Here's a part of what Donahue wrote:

"I’ve looked at the 23 Executive Actions signed by the president today, and I don’t see that they accomplish anything. It’s just political posturing, and I’m not going to fight hysteria with hysteria. I’ve worked for years with dedicated ATF agents, and other local law enforcement officers, to keep illegal guns—like sawed-off shotguns—off our streets and enforce laws prohibiting felons from owning or possessing firearms."

But Obama's executive orders don't need congressional approval and apply only to federal law enforcement, which would come under the purview of the office of the U.S. Attorney for Idaho.