CONYERS -- Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett said Thursday he stands in agreement with a statement issued by the Georgia Sheriff's Association in support of the Second Amendment.
The Georgia Sheriff's Association, representing 159 elected sheriffs in Georgia, stated this week that it will support the Constitution and "aggressively oppose federal or state legislation which infringes upon law-abiding citizens' right to bear arms.
"The sheriffs further agree to support any legislation that would effectively penalize criminals who use firearms in the commission of crimes," the statement concludes.
"As an elected constitutional officer, I answer to the residents of Rockdale County," Levett said in a statement issued Thursday. "While my office does enforce Georgia laws, I have no duty to enforce any federal law or mandate. That said, I will continue to protect and defend the Constitutional rights of Rockdale County residents by supporting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and by being tough on criminals."
Several sheriffs in Georgia have joined a national movement opposing federal legislation that would ban certain firearms and ammunition that they deem to be contrary to the Second Amendment. Sheriffs in Cherokee, Gilmer and Oconee counties have made public statements against President Obama's proposals for stricter gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy.
Levett, who was elected to his first term in November, said he believes he can better support the Second Amendment rights of Rockdale residents by providing ways they can be responsible with firearms.
"I plan to offer some upcoming gun safety classes that will cover basic gun safety, Georgia laws regarding guns, and even allow participants the opportunity to use their guns at our gun range under the supervision of firearms instructors," said Levett. "More information about these classes will be available in the near future."