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