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Sheriff Smith makes statement on 2nd Amendment

January 17, 2013

I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and as Sheriff of Butte County took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. As such, I support the rights of mentally stable, law abiding citizens to possess firearms.  Our focus at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office has been, and will continue to be, on keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and mentally unstable individuals.  Responsible gun ownership is not the problem.  Irresponsible gun ownership is the nexus to the tragedies we have seen. 

The State of California already has in place a comprehensive body of law intended to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and mentally unstable individuals.  California already requires background checks to be performed on any individual purchasing a gun, and a waiting period already exists. There has been a magazine capacity ban in effect since the 1990’s and assault rifles are already highly regulated in California.  Accordingly, I do not believe additional regulation is warranted in California.

When it comes to keeping our children safe, I would like to see funding made available to local law enforcement agencies so they can hire officers to be assigned to school campuses.  Additionally, we need to improve our systems that identify and treat people with mental health issues.  And finally, we need the resources necessary to hold criminals who use firearms accountable. 

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  1. Thank you Sheriff.

  2. Ken Dunn permalink

    Thanks you Sheriff..

  3. William Sherman permalink

    Thank You Very much Sheriff Smith. You just made my day. May God bless you.

  4. Mary Bettencourt permalink

    Thank you for taking a stand on the 2nd amendment!

  5. Thank you Sheriff for recognizing that no current law is going to keep any weapon from the hands of some mentally disturbed person hell-bent on killing others. The one thing that I don’t hear mentioned is that ALL laws regarding weapons should be at the federal level. I am sure that you are aware for example that any citizen can go to Arizona, purchase a weapon within hours, put the weapon in an approved lock-box and fly home to CA and no registration is necessary. Best Regards

  6. Michael A Kawasaki permalink

    Thank you Sheriff Smith for being a man of your word and taking your Constitutional oath (and love of country) seriously as so many in high office are clearly doing the opposite with so much of our Republic (and state). The second amendment protects all others… and should it fall, We the People, will end up like all others throughout history when government achieve absolute power over its citizens. We freedom loving Americans support and appreciate you and your stance.

  7. Jim Melson permalink

    Thank You Sheriff Smith for your stand on firearm regulations.
    And thank you also for your letter of approval.

  8. Steve Wilson permalink

    Sheriff Smith. Thank you for your common sense approach to the panic we see throughout the country. It will be elected officials like yourself that help us keep our Constitution in place and relevant and protect the rights that so many have died for to preserve for us. I usually oppose taxes in any form, I would however support a tax increase used only for the protection of children in our schools. I would support your proposal to put deputies in local schools. I hope that our local county officials can find a way to make this happen.

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