January 31, 2013
Sheriff Jeff Box
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sheriff Jeff Box (Dyer Co., TN) releases statement reaffirming the 2nd Amendment rights of the citizens of Dyer County, TN
Dyersburg, TN- Sheriff Jeff Box of Dyer County, Tennessee released an official statement in response to the proposed gun control legislation recently initiated by several Washington D.C. legislators. After receiving many phone calls, letters, and various other forms of communications from concerned citizens of Dyer County, Sheriff Box wishes to officially state that the rights granted by the U.S. Constitution (2nd Amendment) and the Tennessee Constitution (Article I § 26) to legally possess firearms will not be infringed upon in any way.
"On August 30, 2010, after being duly elected as Sheriff of Dyer County, I took an oath to uphold and support both the U.S. Constitution and Tennessee Constitution. I feel it is my job to protect and enforce the Constitutional rights of the citizens who elected me. The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution is a right, not a privilege, and shall not be infringed upon.
I firmly believe that when guns are outlawed only the outlaws will have guns. I have always supported and wholeheartedly enforced all laws that deter and penalize gun violence. Since assuming the Office of Sheriff, I have been a very active member of the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association and currently a member of the Sheriff’s Association Finance Committee.
The Tennessee Sheriff’s Association has recently made the following statement upon the request of its members: The Sheriffs of Tennessee are strong supporters of the 2nd Amendment rights of their citizens and have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the State of Tennessee, the Constitution of the United States of America, and the laws and ordinances of their counties and will fulfill their oath. The Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association and the Tennessee Firearms Association co-authored the Tennessee Handgun Permit Law in May of 1994.
As long as I am Sheriff, any federal regulation or Presidential Executive order that I know is adverse to the Constitution and that infringes upon the rights of my citizens shall not be enforced by me or my deputies, nor will I allow anyone to seize any firearm from law abiding citizens within this county."
Sheriff Jeff Box