Area Sheriffs Talk About Gun Control

Sheriffs discuss gun control laws, and one area county may be taking a stand very soon.

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First Bullet and Boone, now Barren may be the next Kentucky county taking a stand against recent federal gun control restrictions.

The Boone County Fiscal Court approved a resolution this week against federal regulations that may restrict gun ownership, giving the sheriff the authority to not enforce federal mandates it views unconstitutional, leaving that responsibility to federal law enforcement.

Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton says his county has been silent on the issue until now.

"We wanted to kind of research it, and look at it, and make sure we made the right decisions, but like I said, as Sheriff, I strongly believe in the right for a person to bear arms," said Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton.

Now a proposal similar to Boone county's is circulating the Barren County Fiscal Court.

"As long as I'm Sheriff, I'm going to do what my fiscal court tells me to do, and what I feel like the Constitution says of a Sheriff," said Eaton.

Allen County Sheriff Jeff Cooke thinks the federal mandates thus far are not unconstitutional, but thinks people fear the federal government will eventually take guns they already own away from them.

"I think some people think they're looking to take the weapons you have now, and I do have problems with that part," said Allen County Sheriff Jeff Cooke.

Sheriff Cooke says if that becomes the case, he will be willing to defend the Second Amendment too. While both sheriffs support background checks, they say monitoring them among sales between individuals will be difficult.

"There is no way law enforcement can monitor that," said Cooke.

"Do we do it? Does the federal government do it? Everybody says they have no resources," said Eaton.

Clarity on the issue is something both say they need. Sheriff Eaton says if Barren County Judge Executive Davie Greer approves the proposal to go up for a vote, the Second Amendment protection ordinance could make it on the fiscal court agenda by Feb. 19.


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