California Sheriff Strips Feds Of Enforcement Authority Over 2nd Amendment Rights


John D’Agostini, Sheriff of El Dorado County, Calif., has revoked the authority of U.S. Forest Service officers to enforce State law within his countywide jurisdiction. The new policy is set to kick in July 22.

D’Agostini said he made the decision after hearing numerous complaints from visitors to the El Dorado National Forest who reported being stopped by Forestry officers and questioned about their activities on Federal public lands. Complainants said the Federal officers showed particular interest in whether they were carrying guns.

“They want to know what you’re doing here, where you’re going, do you have any firearms on board?” park visitor Cory Ward told CBS Sacramento.

D’Agostini said he takes seriously the “style and manner of service we provide” to citizens and visitors, and that the Forest Service, “after many attempts and given many opportunities, has failed to meet that standard.”

A Forest Service representative is set to meet with D’Agostini this Wednesday in an attempt to resolve the standoff, but legal experts say the Sheriff is within his rights to supersede the Feds on determining whether they can enforce State law in his county.

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  • charlie

    a sheriff with balls maybe he will arrest odumbo and his cohorts if they enter his terrrtory and charge them as should be done with treason. arrest charge convict and execute them.

    • Bob

      If Obama was arrested and charged. How would you find enough of his piers from Kenya to serve on the jury?

    • Richard Gibbard

      Unfortunately, only the US Marshals Service has the authority to arrest the President.

      • charlie

        not true. any shefiff can in his area of authority. according to the supreme court the local sheriff is the hightest law enforcement authority. also the military can do it.

  • Dave

    They’ll arrange for an “accident” for him……

  • Alan

    What do you want from the modern gestapo? When they start arresting people for passing out fliers you know it can’t be long before the SHTF.

  • maddad1947

    Go get them Sheriff and don’t back down.

  • dee

    Daily I see more “Law Enforcement” come down upon the people & now I’m GLAD to See our Law Waking Up & saying, “NO” to the slaughter of Both our
    Constitution & Bill of Rights!! Thank God for this Man & we need more to wake
    and Stand up for ALL Americans. Thank You, Sheriff!

  • Dave

    Three cheers for Sheriff D’Agostini

  • mrsgunnut10

    Thank you Sheriff D’Agostini of El Dorado County, CA . It always makes the people feel better, when they read about an Honest Law Enforcement Officer like yourself, that is actually helping, WE THE PEOPLE, fight against the Establishment. Thanks again and if some of the other County Law Enforcement Officers would do as you are doing, maybe some good will come from your’s an their efforts. Thank you for your time. TSgt., USAF Retired.

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  • Allen

    Oh how we need more sheriffs like that! You locals need to let him know you appreciate his courage. The forest service feds are sometimes as bad as they get. To stand up to them takes guts.

  • JimH

    Just how much authority does a forest ranger have?

  • Jim

    Living in Placer County I would like to thank our Sheriff for his attention to the feds getting out of line. I had talked to him before he came out with his statements that he would not follow any fed action which would deprive us of our Constitutional rights, including the 2nd Amendment.

  • Robert Peterson

    They could always lie it’s none of their business. I’m actually going shooting this weekend in the National forest I think their questions will be answered miles before they arrive. Although there will probably be at least six of us at the same time chances are we’ll never see any fish cops or tree tenders

  • Steve

    Good for the sheriff finally someone is standing up for the rights of citizens, otherwise all of our rights would be in the hands of gestopo idiots !!

  • Richard Gibbard

    Where is El Dorado County relative to L.A. or San Francisco?

  • Centurian

    @ Richard: Northeast of San Francisco and a little east of Sacramento. It includes the area where the 49ers mined for gold and also South Lake Tahoe. It a beautiful place and I’ve actually met the Sheriff when doing business with the County Board of Supervisors. Placerville is the County seat. It used to be dubbed “Hangtown” because of its rapid and brutal justice system. Goggle it and look for a map. The local newspaper is “The Mountain Democrat” and the local joke is that it is run by the only democrat left in the County.