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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram is joining the growing chorus of law enforcement leaders around our area and across the country in responding to concerns from gun owners about second amendment rights.

This morning, Ingram sent out a letter today explaining his stance on gun rights as the debate continues in the country about gun control.

To: The citizens of Brunswick County, North Carolina
The State of North Carolina
The United States of America

Recently I have received a number of inquiries regarding my position on the second amendment of the Constitution. As Sheriff of Brunswick County, I took an oath to support and defend the United States and North Carolina Constitutions. The citizens of Brunswick County entrusted their office of Sheriff to me, I will not act inconsistent with my oath, nor will I allow anyone or group to infringe upon the rights of the citizens of Brunswick County afforded by the Constitution.

In today’s world, our society is plagued by acts of violence and criminals seeking to exploit those unprepared. I encourage our citizens to take ownership with regards to their personal safety and the safety of their families. Those seeking to legally arm themselves for personal protection should do so after carefully considering all options available. I support and encourage responsible and legal gun ownership and stand ready to assist the law abiding citizens of our county in processing the necessary documentation to purchase a firearm or obtain a concealed weapons permit. However, to the criminal element seeking to obtain any type of weapon let this serve as your notice; attempt to do so in Brunswick County and you will be held accountable.

As our state and national leaders search for ways to reduce the ever increasing acts of violence occurring in our society, I pray they seek guidance from the Almighty to find lasting solutions without victimizing our citizens. Recent mass shootings and other acts of violence demonstrate the critical need for additional mental health treatment as we move forward. Additionally, we should vigorously seek out and prosecute criminals, especially those who choose to prey upon our society by aid of weapons. Violent acts committed by criminals and those suffering from mental illness should not be used as a platform to limit or ban the possession or use of weapons by law abiding citizens in our nation. The demonization of firearms will not solve the current crisis and if allowed to go unmolested will serve to expose the good people of our county, state and nation to illegal laws which will make it difficult if not impossible to protect themselves.

As Thomas Jefferson once said, “A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.” As a citizen and as your Sheriff, it is my belief we can address the violence currently gripping our nation, by means of careful thought and looking to the root cause of the issues. Thank you, and may God Bless us all.

Sheriff John W. Ingram V
Brunswick County, North Carolina

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35 Comments on "Brunswick Co. Sheriff responds to questions about 2nd amendment"

2015 years 9 months ago

He better mean what he says. If not he had the audacity to say the word “pray” and invoke the Almighty. You’d have to be nigh on insane to make such a statement and lie about it. At that point he would be endangering not only himself but his family from the wrath of the Almighty who definitely knows what he said. As for me I believe him for now and thank him for it. Soon enough he will get a chance to back up his words.

2015 years 9 months ago

I hope you’re right and he has to back up his words, because that means that some type of gun control legislation is passed. Hopefully including an assault weapons ban and mandatory background checks for all purchases, including gun shows and private sales. I would love to see him and all the Brunswick County Commissioners face federal charges for refusing to enforce federal law. Our second amendment rights do not give us unlimited access to firearms no more than the first amendment gives us freedom to yell “Fire” in a crowded theater, or say or publish something proven to be slander or libel. The NRA has some of you so paranoid that the power of rational thought is something you no longer possess.

2015 years 9 months ago

So you’re saying Congress has no right to amend the Constitution? That’s news to the rest of us. It’s treason to change the laws? Funny, because the second amendment is an AMENDMENT. By your warped gun nut logic, doesn’t this mean that it was treason to add the right to bear arms to the Constitution?

Funny how it’s ok to amend the Constitution when it suits you, but otherwise it’s treason. You’re trying to win sympathy for your lies by invoking patriotism and fear, and suggesting that the founding fathers wanted everyone to have unlimited firearms so we can fight Obama’s army who is clearly plotting against us. Seek help; society in 2014 is not the same as society in the 1700s. You may recall there was an ACTUAL tryannical government back then that America had to fight against, hence the right to bear arms.

You gun nuts are something else.

2015 years 9 months ago

Oooops! My mistake. I actually thought this sherriff had a pair. Apparently he’s just a neutered lap dog for our County Commissioners who seem more interested in grand standing and commenting on Federal Policy than actually taking any steps to help their constituents. Let’s play National and State Politics for the next four years and just let the issues that directly affect Brunswick County simmer on the back burner. But hey, as long as you make the front page of the Star News once a month and get the occassional mention in the crawl at the bottom of Fox News ticker your egos are stoked.

2015 years 9 months ago

There was nothing in the sheriff’s letter to indicate he wants people to be more dependent on guns. Actually, it is the opposite. He is encouraging law-abiding citizens to protect their families.


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