Kentucky sheriff: ‘Moral obligation’ to defy new gun laws

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, January 14, 2013 23:47 EDT
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An Eastern Kentucky sheriff says he will refuse to enforce any new gun laws, claiming it is his duty to protect the U.S. Constitution.

“I consider this a moral obligation,” Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman told The Lexington Herald-Leader. He is a member of the National Rifle Association and has served as sheriff for two years.

“The sheriff has more power than the federal people,” Peyman said Saturday at a press conference. “They need to go back and study that. We’re a commonwealth, I can ask the federal people to leave and they have to leave. I can ask state people to leave and they have to leave.”

The sheriff emotionally said he would be ashamed to have to explain to the Founding Fathers why the United States was currently debating gun control. He insisted everyone had the right to own a firearm, and that everyone would be prudent to carry a firearm to defend themselves against criminals.

Peyman said he was even open to allowing people to own hand grenades “if it was necessary for self protection.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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