Rummel sent out an email with the subject line “letter to citizens” saying “he and his deputies will not enforce any federal regulations enacted by Congress or Executive orders of the President circumventing the rights of the citizens of Sanders County.”
Rummel’s letter, which KXLH published, was a reaction to President Obama’s call for reducing gun violence.
But what you may not know is that Rummell also sent out a second letter. This letter also urges sheriffs around the U.S. to join him in defying federal laws. Then it goes on to encourage them to consider blocking federal officers from enforcing them either.
This second letter is signed not just by Sheriff Rummel, but by the chairs of both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees of the Montana Legislature too. Sen. Terry Murphy chairs the senate judiciary committee and Rep. Krayton Kerns chairs house judiciary.
In this letter Rummel, Murphy and Kerns added:
Some sheriffs go even further and declare that they will not permit federal officers to enforce any new federal gun control against citizens in their counties. If you wish to go that extra mile, more power to you. [emphasis added]
Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman has also signed a letter.