Maryland Sheriff: ‘I will not let government strip 2A rights of my citizens’

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis is not quiet about his stance when it comes to the Second Amendment.

The sheriff is unashamedly and unapologetically pro-gun. Back in August, Sheriff Lewis emphatically voiced his opposition to Maryland’s new gun law and attempts by the federal government to roll back the Second Amendment.

“As long as I’m the sheriff in this county,” he said in a video posted on Youtube, “I will not allow the federal government to come in here and strip my citizens of their right to bear arms. I can tell you this, if they attempt to do that, it would be an all-out civil war, no question about it.”

In a separate video, the sheriff slammed the state’s new gun-control law, known as the Firearms Safety Act of 2013, which was Maryland’s response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

Among other restrictions to the Second Amendment, the Firearms Safety Act of 2013 expanded the state’s ban on so-called ‘assault’ weapons, limited magazine capacity to 10 rounds and required fingerprinting for all handgun purchases.

Sheriff Lewis questioned the logic behind the law.

“Who am I to tell them what they should or should not protect their families with?” Lewis asked on WRDE, a local television network. “Who am I to tell them they shouldn’t have a magazine with 30 rounds behind the door when some thug is trying to break into their home? … If you start coming into people’s homes to disarm them solely because you believe they don’t have a Second Amendment right to bear arms, you better stand by. It will be, without a doubt, a civil war.”

In his most recent interview, Sheriff Lewis spoke about the discretionary aspect to law enforcement, noting how he will tell his deputies to exercise “good common sense” when enforcing the new gun law.

“We have discretionary power to review all cases that come before us,” he explained. “Any police officer on patrol uses their discretion all of the time. If they’re using a firearm to commit a crime, that’s a no-brainer, they’re getting arrested. I’m doing nothing different today than before the law was passed.”

However, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler criticized the sheriff for abdicating his duties, suggesting that the Firearms Safety Act of 2013 does not contravene the Second Amendment.

“There are certainly people with differing views on gun policy; those views should be respected and discussed,” Gansler said. “But the fact of the matter is, the gun law that was passed by the General Assembly in Maryland is completely and unassailably constitutional under the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment.”

Back in July a federal Judge agreed with Gansler, ruling that the law’s restrictions on ‘assault’ weapons was constitutional because modern sporting rifles “fall outside Second Amendment protection as dangerous and unusual.”

Of course, the fight to overturn the Firearms Safety Act is not over. Several gun rights organizations, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, are working to appeal the judge’s ruling. No doubt, Sheriff Lewis stands behinds those efforts to scrap the law.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Alvis Jenkins February 2, 2018, 7:00 am

    Think about it folks, the Government legislates laws then has to have a court to interpret those laws. So, you and I have no right to read those laws and make a determination? Nonsense! There is a law maxim that reads like this: “If a law cannot be easily read and understood, it is void for vagueness”, and remember too, that all judges would remind any person on trial that, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”. Does this make sense all of you 2A citizens out there? Politicians know that their life is at risk and you can bet your last dollar that they carry a ccw or else they are up high enough in public office to have bodyguards who carry a handgun and not sling shots!

  • Kalashnikov Dude August 19, 2017, 10:51 am

    What is the process for removing a judge from the bench in this jurisdiction? Somebody had ought to get the ball rolling. This judge has no basis in reality for that ruling. None whatsoever. Its not reasonable and therefore not binding. The people do nit have to put up with this. I wouldnt in my neck of the woods. And, as maþer of fact any legal gun owner has every right to keep and bear an actual assault rifle such as an M4. Because that right shall not be infringed. Thats how it is and anybody who says different is a damn liar, not worthy of political office or judgeship.

  • Cap June 16, 2016, 9:58 am


  • MSG John Laigaie November 17, 2014, 11:05 am

    The “judge” decided the AR15, the American Rifle, is not commonly used and is an unusual weapon. I am not sorry, this “judge” is a fool. How can someone with an attitude like this fairly act as a “judge”?

    • SSG (RET) Austin Kennedy June 16, 2016, 7:42 pm

      The answer to your question is, the judge is not impartial, and apparently a total f-ing idiot.

      I’m tired of libtards going after guns. Guns are no more deadly than an automobile, a screw driver or a box cutter. Either of those left untouched will ever injure anyone. They are inanimate and incapable of injury by themselves. It’s the person operating the device that makes a difference. Blame the person. Period.

    • Acecool November 25, 2016, 9:56 pm

      Actually, since that judge is biased the ruling isn’t binding or legal for that matter. Any time you’re on trial and a judge is biased, you can force the judge to step down ( everyone is biased… it matters whether the judge is using their personal bias for or against you ( both ways is bad; ie giving you a worse punishment for assault because the judge knows the person who was assaulted instead of being based on the crime itself… or giving you less of a punishment because you have a nice smile… etc… )… If they know their biases and don’t let them affect their ruling then they are impartial and the ruling stands but can still be appealed )..

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