If that ban were to become federal law, at least five West Virginia sheriffs said they wouldn’t enforce it and vowed to protect people’s right to bear arms under their interpretation of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese was among those who said he doesn’t support an assault weapons ban.

“If an executive order comes across to arrest someone in possession of an AK-47, my answer is probably no, because that’s violating their Second Amendment rights,” he said.

Boone County Sheriff Randall White said he took an oath to defend the Constitution and recently sent a letter to Obama addressing his concerns.