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Sheriffs up in arms over proposed gun regs

Friday, January 18, 2013

President Barack Obama will be receiving letters from several Missouri sheriff's who are standing together to stress the importance of the Second Amendment in response to the president's proposed gun controls.

The letter was authored by Sheriff Charles Heiss of Johnson County and circulated to members of the Missouri Sheriff's Association.

Local sheriffs are standing together in to stress the importance of the Second Amendment and to express the duty of an elected sheriff in defending the Constitutions of the United States and Missouri.

Other sheriff's across the nation are also sending letters. Below is a copy of the letter being sent to the White House.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the day Obama announced stricter gun control policies, Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay reported that he was sending a letter to the president.

A copy of the letter, addressed to President Barack Obama, accompanies this article.

Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly has yet to sign the letter, but said he would sign and send it after a little further review.

"We need to look into it a little more," he said. "There is a lot of good intent in the letter to uphold the Constitution."

Epperly believes in upholding the Second Amendment despite federal attempts at regulation.

"I will uphold the Constitution and protect people's right to bear arms and protect themselves," Epperly said. "If it comes down to trying to collect guns, I'm not going to be a part of it."

Epperly reminds concerned citizens calling his office regarding the proposed legislation that just because President Obama has signed off on the proposed changes they have not yet become law.

"I truly hope [Obama's] intent is not to collect weapons," Epperly said. "I hope legislation doesn't ever get to that point.

"The problem is every John Doe out there selling weapons is doing it without a background check," he continued. "Every transaction involving a weapon should have the required background check. That should apply to everyone.

"I would also like to see them [the federal government] put more money into schools to have law enforcement officers on the campuses," Epperly said. "It's sad that it has come to that, but it's where we are and I'm in favor of it.

"Teachers don't need to be packing," Epperly continued. "Many of them don't want to. They don't feel good about it."

Epperly also hopes more funding will go toward mental health.

"When they [the federal government] cut funding several years ago, it became a major issue for every law enforcement agency in the state," Epperly said. "If we pick up a person with alcohol or drug problems, they are observed for 96 hours and released. Ninety-six hours isn't going to cure that problem.

"Funding the Department of Mental Health would be a better deal for [law enforcement officials,]" he said.

Epperly also touched briefly on the concealed carry laws that are in place.

"I totally agree with the constitutional right for people to bear arms and protect themselves," Epperly said. "It has been proven in states where there is concealed carry laws that the crime rate has dropped."

With the federal government stepping up efforts to curb gun sales and ownership, Epperly has seen local repercussions.

"[Obama] is trying to implement too much control," Epperly said. "Gun sales are up in Barry County, as are concealed carry permit applications.

"People hope they never have to use their guns," Epperly said, "but they want the assurance they can if they need to."

Concealed carry classes and permits cost between $180 and $200. For more information on concealed carry requirements, visit www.http://lawrencecosheriff.com/press_v... or call the Barry County Sheriff's Office at 417-847-6556.


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement today in response to President Barack Obama's unveiling of stricter gun control policies:

"As the father of a young son and the grandfather to six young children, I was outraged and saddened by the Sandy Hook shooting.

Unfortunately, the president's proposals today fundamentally fail to address ways that we can prevent tragic events like Sandy Hook, and instead, he's attempting to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.

"We need to have a serious national discussion about preventing senseless acts of violence and protecting our children in their schools, and that should include finding ways to spend federal dollars more wisely when it comes to treating and identifying people who are mentally ill, and ensuring that we intervene before they do something that tragically impacts their lives and the lives of others."


"Dear Mr. President,

My name is Brad A. DeLay and I am the Sheriff of Lawrence County, Missouri. I have held this office since October 2008 and involved in law enforcement since 1993. I am writing to you to express my concern with the tone of your administration with respect to the Second Amendment Rights of American citizens. It appears to me, and many Americans, that there is a genuine desire on the part of your administration to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law abiding American citizens in the interest of curbing gun violence in our nation.

Throughout our nation's history the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights has served as the very foundation of our free society. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution has long guaranteed our citizens the right to keep and bear arms and is central to our ability to live in a free society.

Any attempt to restrict these Second Amendment rights through executive order is unconstitutional and tantamount to an all-out assault on the United States Constitution.

Just as the Fourth Amendment to the constitution guarantees our citizens the right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable search and seizure, the Second Amendment guarantees each of us the right to keep and bear arms to protect ourselves from anyone who would seek to cause us harm.

This was stated by our founding fathers to which they also included the federal government.

World history has shown us that when a society does not possess the ability to defend itself it becomes ripe for victimization by criminals, and ripe for government oppression. One need not look too far in today's world to see glaring examples of defenseless people being brutalized by rogue regimes and dictators. Syria, North Korea, and Maliare just a few examples of this type of oppression. Mexico is a stark reminder of a society overrun with criminal element in the form of drug cartels.

As the duly elected Sheriff of Lawrence County, Missouri, it is my sworn duty to protect and defend the Constitutions of the United States of America, and the State of Missouri against all enemies both foreign and domestic.

This means I not only have the duty to protect my constituents from incidents of crime, but I also have a duty and responsibility to protect and preserve the individual rights and liberties afforded and guaranteed to every citizen by our Constitution.

This, Mr. President is a duty I fully understand, appreciate, and will carry out with great vigor and conviction. I will most certainly urge my fellow Sheriffs in the State of Missouri and across this great nation to rise to the defense and aid of all Americans should the federal government attempt to enact any legislation, or executive order that impedes, erodes, or otherwise diminishes their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

I will use all means legal to meet this solemn and sacred responsibility.


Brad A. DeLay

Sheriff Lawrence County, Missouri."

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I hope the sheriffs uphold the constitution & if necessary disobey emperor obama.I fundamentally disagree with Epperly about teachers carrying firearms in schools,there is no evidence this would be a danger & it plays into the idea that only highly trained officers can safely handle firearms...NOT TRUE!!No one is talking about forcing teachers to carry,that is a deflection & this would not cost tax payers a dime.Reinstate the teachers 2ND amendment that never should have been taken away from them in the first place with these "gun free" zones.There is always a price to pay with stupid legislation.At the end of the day we can write letters & protest,but if we want to stay free civil disobedience is all that's left.

-- Posted by Soujerner on Wed, Jan 23, 2013, at 9:01 AM

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