A “Sheriffs First” bill would make it a state crime for any federal agent to make an arrest, search, or seizure within the state without first getting the advanced, written permission of the elected county sheriff of the county in which the event is to take place.

Locally-elected sheriffs are accountable to the people and are supposed to be the chief law enforcement officer of the county, bar none. This bill puts teeth into the expectation that federal agents must operate with the approval of the sheriff, or not at all.

It also gives the local sheriff tools necessary to protect the rights of the people of his county. There are exceptions in the legislation for “hot pursuit”, U.S. customs and border patrol, corrupt sheriffs, and more. (see SheriffsFirst.com)

Legend: Blue – Introduced. Yellow – Passed one or more houses.
Red – Became Law. Purple – Failed Vote. White – Nothing Introduced.

2012 Legislation (scroll down for previous session activity)

2011 Legislation

30 thoughts on “Sheriffs First Legislation

  1. Terry Bell

    This might prevent things like Ruby Ridge, and Waco.

  2. Christy

    Yeah, this definitely puts teeth in the issues! Excellent! As it should be!

  3. Hoppy

    While there have been numerous State violations of Citizen's Constitutional rights in the past, it is refreshing to see that I live in a State which will stand up against Federal Violations of similar nature.I guess there is yet hope for Freedom where I live.

  4. Peter

    i recommend this law be passed before a lot of the nullification, probrably be a good idea.

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