"Dozens of sheriffs, mostly from western states, sent letters to the White House in 2013 saying they would not enforce federal gun laws, including Douglas County, Ore., Sheriff John Hamlin. Hamlin’s view were later scrutinized after a mass killing in his county last October at Umpqua Community College.
'It’s terrifying to me,' said Justin Nix, a criminology professor at the University of Louisville who specializes in police legitimacy and procedural fairness. 'It’s not up to the police to decide what the law is going to be. They’re sworn to uphold the law. It’s not up to them to pick and choose.' Nix pointed out that officers use discretion all the time in deciding whether to charge someone with a crime. 'But to be on the record, that you don’t want officers enforcing laws, that is pretty bold."