I get E-mails from time to time and wanted to share I am a pround member of th Oath Keepers and this is who sent me this El Dorado Sheriff’s Fight With Feds Likely Over Residents Carrying Guns PLACERVILLE (CBS13) — The fight that has the El Dorado County sheriff planning to revoke a federal agency’s enforcement power in his county is apparently over residents’ rights to carry guns. Cory Ward is an avid outdoorsman who frequents the El Dorado National forest. But he’s concerned this paradise could turn into a police state. “I have felt intimidated,” he said. He’s got a long list of complaints against federal officers who patrol the forest. “They want to know what you’re doing here, where you’re going, do you have any firearms on board.” It appears this exploding confrontation between Sheriff John D’Agostini and the U.S. Forest service may come down to guns, and the right to carry them, and whether U.S. citizens are allowed to bring them onto federal land. The sheriff’s department says they’ve received more than 50 complaints from people just out enjoying the woods when they were stopped by an overly aggressive forest service officer. Some of these experiences have been posted on Internet chat rooms with people demanding the sheriff get involved. And last week, he pulled the federal officers’ powers to enforce state laws in his jurisdiction, effective July 22. A U.S. Forest Service spokesman said the agency met with the sheriff Wednesday to try and work out their differences. “It hasn’t happened anywhere else in this state,” said John Heil. “We hope that the relationship will continue and we will look for ways to improve.” But as for Cory, he just wants to enjoy the forest without fearing the feds. “This is your land, this is my land, this is everybody’s land,” he said, “And we don’t want to come here anymore.” The forest service said it will affect the seven forest service officers who patrol the area, though they’ll still be able to enforce federal laws and restrictions. Here is a second Post. Sheriff John D’Agostini has prohibited US Forest Service agents from enforcing State Laws within El Dorado County, which includes El Dorado National Forest. This article, would have you believe it is only about the right to carry guns in the El Dorado Forest, but there appears to be even more involved. As the article states: Cory Ward is an avid outdoorsman who frequents the El Dorado National forest. But he’s concerned this paradise could turn into a police state. “I have felt intimidated,” he said. He’s got a long list of complaints against federal officers who patrol the forest. “They want to know what you’re doing here, where you’re going, do you have any firearms on board.” Intimidation. It seems the Forest Service employees are intimidating the visitors. Why all the questions? And why ask if they are carrying guns? If they have a concealed permit to carry, they are abiding by the Law. If they are open carrying, it would be plainly obvious. What business is it of the Forest Service where the visitors are going? As visitors they might choose to go anywhere in the Forest. Even if a visitor is not carrying firearms, it is a matter of intimidation to ask if they are carrying. Also from the article: “The sheriff’s department says they’ve received more than 50 complaints from people just out enjoying the woods when they were stopped by an overly aggressive forest service officer.” Intimidation. Just as Police Departments everywhere are becoming more militarized, more intrusive, and more intimidating, so we see this example of the US Forest Service becoming intimidating and intrusive. Just as too many police are forgetting who they are paid to serve, so it is, seemingly, becoming the way with these Forest Service employees. Thankfully there are Sheriffs like John D’Agostini, who recognize it is the people they serve. We applaud his actions in limiting the powers of the Forest Service. From NSA wire-tapping of all our communications, to TSA groping of our bodies, the Federal Government has embarked upon a systematic plan of intimidation, geared, not to saving us from terrorists, but to cause us to cower in fear of the power of the Federal Government and all their alphabet agencies. They are of the mindset that they are the masters, when it is “we the people” who are their masters. The Federal Government is out of control. The Constitution is no longer respected or obeyed as the Supreme Law of the land The Bill of Rights is being totally ignored. They say they are protecting us. Not so. They are steadily bringing us into slavery. Now as for my look on this I have been a Deputy for 20 years and work a rual County so I patrol a lot of forest, rivers and hollows ( or as I call them hollors). I make contact with numerous people in a shift talk about the weather, the fishing or just how their day is going. Now I know that most of these people are probably armed to be honest it would take a damn fool not to be. So I just approach people with the thought of everyone is armed and I use caution. Unless I am there for a violation of the law I have no right to ask this person if they have a weapon it would be like asking whats their blood type it's none of my business. It has nothing to do why I am there ,Im just there letting them know hey if you need anything I am around or if you are thinking about doing something wrong Im here and will get ya. Thats it the only time I ask if a person has a gun is if Im on a call or a high risk traffic stop 90% of my traffic stops I never ask about a gun unless I have reason. If I stop a person for rolling a stop sign and this person is going to work or coming from church and they don't give me any reason to think a crime is being commited what right do I have to ask any other questions that is not part of the violation I stoped that person for. If I stop a person coming from a known drug house sure Im going to ask if they have dope or guns part of my investigation. I seen this person leave this residence vehicle was at this residence for 5 min vehicle violated traffic infraction so I have reason the person can always ask sir is that why you stopped me. With respect sir I dont have to answer that question it has nothing to do with the reason I was pulled over. Sure it hurts my feeling being the sensitive type of guy I am but they don't have to answer I issue my citation and move on. 9 times out of 10 I see the vehicle later end up pulling it and they are intoxicated from the drug use at which time they go to jail and I search the car. If they go home and do what they do as long as I don't get called to the residence if they were breaking the law they got a free pass. It bothers me how all forms of goverment wants to use L.E.O.s to do this why don't the dumba$$ that came up with it go and ask.