Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith told Barrow Patch earlier this week that he supports residents' right to bear arms. Today, Sheriff Smith issued a statement via the agency's Facebook page.
The post reads:
After being asked by several citizens and members of the media Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith has issued a statement regarding his position of the gun control debate going on in our country.
"As the duly elected Sheriff of Barrow County I want the citizens I serve to know and fully understand my position on this matter. I am a strong supporter of our Constitution and of the 2nd Amendment. I consider it an honor and privilege to have been elected by the citizens of Barrow County who I serve every day. When those same citizens elected me and I took office, I placed my hand on the Holy Bible and swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the State of Georgia. The citizens of Barrow County can be assured that your deputies and I will protect and defend the legal and constitutional rights of the citizens of our county to the fullest.
Lastly, as your Sheriff I will diligently support and uphold the Constitutional rights of the citizens of Barrow County without excuse or apology."
Sheriff Jud Smith
Here are some excerpts of comments Barrow Patch received on the original post, which can be viewed by clicking here.
"Thank-you for defending our Constitutional rights!" — N. Matthews
"I believe all people should have the right to protect themselves. They should have to be checked out first, make sure they have not committed crimes against others in their past." — Paula House
"Owning guns is my 2nd Amendment right and I will not give it up. If, we, the people, allow this to happen, the only people who will have guns will be criminals and government. Enough said." — Brenda Stancil
"God Bless Sheriff Judd Smith, who will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that he will bear true faith and allegiance to the same." — Johnny Morgan
"A gun is a tool. To be used by someone who is not mentally ill. Lets treat the problem here. When they take our guns, whats next our freedom?" — Tim Smith
What do you think about Sheriff Smith's statement and continued support of Second Amendment rights? Tell us in comments.