ELKHART – A northern Indiana sheriff told gun rights supporters at a weekend rally that he won’t enforce any future laws that infringe on the public’s right to bear arms.
Elkhart County Sheriff Bradley Rogers told about 200 people, many of whom held signs and carried firearms during Sunday’s rally, that he pledges to oppose all future gun legislation and not impose those measures on the community he serves.
I will not allow gun confiscation in my county and I will not enforce any additional anti-gun laws, he said to loud applause at the rally outside South Bend’s Morris Performing Art Center.
The Elkhart Truth reported that Sunday’s rally also included Republican U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, who told the gathering it’s critical that lawmakers continue to protect the right to bear arms for responsible Americans.
The rally organized by the St. Joseph County Republican Party came just weeks after Congress defeated legislation aimed at expanding background checks for people purchasing firearms.
Although lawmakers chose not to seek a vote on a proposed ban of assault weapons, some of Sunday’s speakers and those attending the rally expressed concern that another round of gun legislation was on the horizon.
Rogers said he believes gun legislation is not the way to control gun violence.
The sheriff is an outspoken gun rights supporter who recently appeared on a CNN news special that looked at the gun debate following the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.
Rogers said lawmakers who want to change gun laws should try to amend the U.S. Constitution rather than simply pass new laws.
Bob Moore, a leader of Elkhart County Tea Party Patriots, said that despite recent legislative victories, he believes President Obama will make it a goal to establish new gun controls.
He won’t quit, Moore said of the president. It’s going to be very tough.