Durham sheriff weighs in on gun control

Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews

February 7, 2013 9:18:16 AM PST
Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews said Thursday that gun control alone won't solve the problem of gun violence in America.

In a statement sent to the media, Andrews said he's committed to his oath to uphold the Constitution, and that includes the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

The sheriff said none of the executive orders recently issued by President Obama on the gun control issue direct any action be taken by local sheriffs.

"Citizens who are concerned about the President's legislative initiatives, whether they support or oppose them, should remember that they will require action by Congress in order to be implemented. Contact with your representatives, in Congress and the Senate, is the most effective way to make sure your views are understood and included in the legislative process," said Andrews.

Sheriff Andrews said he's committed to protecting the citizens of Durham County from harm, but gun control alone isn't the answer.

"A comprehensive approach addressing the mental health system, gun safety initiatives, prosecution of those who commit gun-related crimes, and much more, is required in order to affect change and prevent future gun violence," Andrews explained.

The sheriff asked for Durham citizens to help prevent gun-related crime and accidents by keeping weapons secured with trigger locks, speaking to children about the dangers of guns, and reporting theft and suspicious activity to law enforcement right away.

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