The sheriff of an Eastern Kentucky county has vowed not to enforce any new gun control laws he deems unconstitutional, calling it his "moral obligation."

Sheriff Denny Peyman, who has been Jackson County's top law enforcement official for the past two years, told reporters he had "a team of attorneys to step up with me if necessary to be sure the Second Amendment is upheld."

Peyman expressed concern over the Obama administration's gun control recommendations, which are due to be presented this week.

"We're talking about self protection here. I don't think there should be a limit," Peyman told Lex18.

During a Saturday news conference, Peyman, a member of the National Rifle Association, opined that any attempt to ban assault rifle would undoubtedly open the door to more sweeping bans.

"If they pull [AK-47s] off the market, what will they pull off next?" he said.

The Kentucky Sheriff's Association told the Lexington Herald-Leader they had no official position on gun control, but added that they "are a constitutional office and will uphold the Constitution."

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