Local officers discuss gun laws
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Jan 23, 2013 | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Opinions across the country are varied about the 23 executive orders signed last Wednesday by President Barack Obama as well as the proposals he lined out for Congress.

He hadn’t read the EOs or the proposals at press time, but Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam says while he support more police officers in schools and stricter background checks, he won’t do anything that goes against the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – which grants the right to bear arms because of the necessity of a “well regulated militia.”

“We will continue to focus on drugs, thefts, kids and unsolved murders, not who owns a gun,” said Burnam. “I do not support banning assault rifles. I think a person has an absolute right to protect their family and their self with a firearm. If our politicians really think that banning firearms will work, then there would be no need for them to have armed security.”

Major Duncan Wiggins of the Cadiz Police Department also spoke on the issue. He generally considered the executive orders to be “baby steps,” albeit a bit vague, but he expressed skepticism that background checks are still a problem.

“It sounds to me like they at least know there’s a problem, and if that’s the case … and they’re trying to do something to resolve those problems, then honestly that’s a very positive thing. That’s their job,” said Wiggins.

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