ETX Sheriffs speak up about gun rights in their counties
POSTED: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 6:20pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 10:37am
Tyler (KETK) — Gregg County Sheriff Statement:
"As Sheriff, I have taken an oath to “ preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State”. This includes the Second Amendment and that is my intent!"
— Maxey Cerliano
Maxey Cerliano, Sheriff
Gregg County, Texas
Cherokee County Sheriff Statement:
"January 1st of this year all 254 Sheriff's in the State of Texas raised their right hand when they took their oath of office and swore to protect and defend the constitution of the United States and that of the Texas Constitution, and i'm sure that's what all Sheriffs plan to do."
Cherokee County Sheriff
— James Campbell
Wood County Sheriff Statement:
I have been asked, by a number of people, to go public with my view on gun control as many of my fellow Sheriffs across the nation have done. My view is very simple and my personal opinion is the same as my official position.
As you heard me state many times during the campaign, I will defend and protect all of the peoples' rights granted by the Constitution of the United States and of the State of Texas. This includes the 2nd Amendment which is within our "Bill of Rights".
On November 6, 2012 the people of Wood County elected me as their "Constitutional Sheriff" and entrusted me with protecting their lives and property as well as defending all of the rights to which they are entitled. This is a trust that I am honored to have and will not violate. On January 1, 2013 I took a solemn oath before God, not only once but on two occasions that day, to enforce the Law and to protect the Constitution. I have sworn to this oath before as a Soldier, a Peace Officer, and a Federal Agent and I hold it as a sacred part of my being.
I am very proud to be the Sheriff of Wood County and its Chief Law Enforcement Officer. As long as I am in this office I, and my trusted deputies, will not enforce or permit to be enforced any "unconstitutional" regulations or executive orders against our citizens within the borders of Wood County Texas.
I personally do not think that "they", whomever they may be, are coming for our guns but in the event that "they" do, in violation of, and absent of any constitutional change in, the 2nd Amendment, they will have to take my gun before they get yours. Having said that I want it understood that I will arrest and jail any person that uses a firearm illegally in Wood County, no matter how minor, because actions of this nature jeopardize all our citizen's rights to own firearms by providing fuel to those that endeavor to restrict that right. In order to preserve our rights we must be responsible.
As always I ask for your continued support in enabling my office to protect you, your family and your property.
Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges issued the following statement on his Facebook page, in response to questions about his stance on gun control:
I have received several phone calls regarding my position on guns laws and restrictions. I apologize for not answering this question sooner, however as you can imagine we have been very busy the first three weeks in office. However, I do want to address this issue and anyone's concerns.
I took an oath of office to uphold the laws of the United States Constitution and the Texas Constitution. This is something that I take very seriously and is a big part of the basic foundation of my job as your elected official. I wholeheartedly support the 2nd amendment, the right for people to keep and bear arms. As your Sheriff, I will continue to support the 2nd amendment to the United States Constitution.
As a father of three children, I am equally concerned about their safety, not just in our schools but everywhere in our society. I am definitely for more security in our school system; however I do not believe this is the only answer to protect our children and our citizens. A large majority of the shootings (if not all of them) have been conducted by people with mental health problems. This is a known fact.
I personally believe that we have strengthened background checks before selling any firearms, currently a background investigation is conducted by the FBI. Law abiding citizens should not have any problems obtaining firearms and being responsible. We need to invest in mental illness and treatment, not in fruitless spending that will not alleviate the real problem. We need to develop a direct action plan on how to identify people with a history of mental illness or be able to identify issues at a young age, by supporting our school counselors, hospitals and mental health facilities.
As your Sheriff, I will stand up and support our citizens for their rights and will work with state representatives and other law makers to address these concerns. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me at the Sheriff Office.
— Jason Bridges
Angelina County Sheriff Statement:
"My job as Sheriff is protecting and serving the citizens of Angelina County. I also have the responsibility of making sure the citizens constitutional rights are not violated. I believe the 2nd amendment is a very important right that all law abiding citizens have and as Sheriff I will make sure that right is not violated."
Angelina County Sheriff
— Greg Sanches
Henderson County Sheriff Statement:
Sheriff Ray Nutt of Henderson County tells KETK his thoughts about recent gun-control proposals made in Washington and how it will affect Henderson County. Nutt tells KETK over the phone.
" I believe in the rights of citizens to keep and bare arms, and anything else we will cross that bridge when we get to it."
— Ray Nutt