EUNICE — A southeastern New Mexico sheriff is vowing to go to jail and risk his seat rather than enforce a proposed red-flag gun law.

The Hobbs News-Sun reported Lea County Sheriff Corey Helton told an audience at a Eunice City Hall meeting Monday he’s ready to go to jail, if necessary, for refusal to enforce the law.

Helton said he'd be a one-term sheriff because a judge would place him under arrest. But he said he'd be able to sleep at night for standing his ground.

The Senate bill approved by the House late Friday night would allow law enforcement to petition a court for the temporary surrender of guns by people who appear to pose a danger to themselves or others.

Helton believes the law would be unconstitutional, violating both the Second and 14th Amendments.

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Kyle Elliott

Those who are willing to sacrifice liberty for safety deserve neither

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Peter Romero

The same can be said about the law makers that passed this bill.

Dan Chase

Remember that sheriff’s are elected so their because of votes and popularity not because they are best qualified. How often will this red flag law even be used, not much. So even if the probable cause is legit that someone is a danger to themselves or other you wouldn’t petition to take their guns? What if because you refuse they then kill somebody, let’s say it turns out to be one of your children that are a victim? Stop show boating and just do your job!

Debra Sauer

Most employers would fire an employee if they refused to do their job. If you cannot or will not do the job you were hired for then leave! In any job, new responsibilities are added or change. I am sure you can be replaced with someone who will actually follow the new law!

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