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Sheriff Says He'll Go to Jail Before Sharing Gun Owner Data with FBI

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The Second Amendment is logistically absolute, even if President Joe Biden continues to suggest otherwise, and there is evidence now of local resistance to federal overreach that proves it.

You see, even if the government were to somehow decide to nullify the right to bear arms, there’s the issue of enforcement – a messy and bloody proposal at best that no American has the stomach for.

And so, instead of purely attempting to abolish the amendment, the left is trying to make it expensive, difficult, and just plain annoying to exercise this inalienable right. To this end, fears of federal snooping on registered gun owners has been rampant, and one Missouri sheriff just isn’t having it.

Missouri officials are slamming a planned FBI audit of various sheriff’s offices in the state, saying the audit is an attempt “to illegally obtain” information on concealed carry permit holders. One sheriff, in particular, said that even under a threat of federal arrest, he will not comply and release the concealed carry information.

“As the sheriff of Scotland County, I want all my citizens to know that I will not allow, cooperate or release any CCW information to the FBI, ‘even at the threat of a federal arrest,’” Republican Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney wrote to residents of his community on Monday.

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And then, plainly:

“Point Blank, ‘I will go down with the ship if need be,’” the letter, which was reviewed by Fox News Digital on Tuesday, said.

Whitney wasn’t the only one.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt also demanded that the FBI “cease their attempts to illegally obtain information from local sheriffs on Missourians who have concealed carry permits,” and sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on the matter last week.

“The FBI has absolutely no business poking around in the private information of those who have obtained a concealed carry permit in Missouri,” Schmitt said, according to a press release. “The Second Amendment rights of Missourians will absolutely not be infringed on my watch. I will use the full power of my Office to stop the FBI, which has become relentlessly politicized and has virtually no credibility, from illegally prying around in the personal information of Missouri gun owners.”

The conflict proves once again that the federal government’s efforts to muddy the waters of the Second Amendment will never truly work, and that every day they spend on the subject is a waste of taxpayer resources.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.