Boone County Sheriff Randall White sent a letter this week to President Barack Obama voicing his opposition. He says the government should instead focus on the small number of people who commit crimes involving guns.
“It is with all due respect, I wish to inform you that as long as I am Sheriff of the county, I will not, nor shall I ever support any alterations to the Constitution of the United States or any of its amendments, specifically the Right to Bear Arms,” Sheriff White said in his letter to Obama. “I feel that resources such as money and time can be better spent by punishing the few citizens who commit crimes involving firearms. If we are to change any laws, I suggest enhancing the prison time for crimes involving firearms, which I feel are committed by a very small percentage of our population.”
White told the president that he took an oath to both uphold an defend the laws of West Virginia, as well as the United States Constitution, when he was sworn in as Boone County’s new sheriff on Jan. 1, 2013.
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