Howard should enforce gun law, not interpret it

Sheriff Timothy Howard’s recent announcement that he will not enforce the SAFE Act is troubling. Regardless of citizens’ feelings on the law or its speedy passage, the divide between law enforcement and law interpretation is an important touchstone of democracy that must not be obscured at the whims of local cops.

The county’s top law enforcement official is probably sincere in his belief that the SAFE Act violates the Second Amendment. But Howard cannot refuse to do his job because he has opinions about complicated constitutional jurisprudence any more than a U.S. Supreme Court justice can write me a speeding ticket. Simply liking firearms or fetishizing gun culture does not make one a Second Amendment expert.

Mark Murphy

Orchard Park