As published by Sheriff Keith Royal on January 24, 2013.
As Sheriff of Nevada County, I take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies foreign and domestic. I take that oath to heart. Additionally, I believe that my primary mission is to protect our citizens and preserve their individual rights and freedoms afforded by our Constitution and Bill of Rights.
With the above statement in mind, I believe and support the premise that law abiding citizens have the right to acquire, own, possess, use, keep and bear firearms.
Recent events have precipitated discussions as to what can be done to prevent gun violence. We all grieve over the suffering caused by gun violence and have a common interest to see that reforms work effectively in seeing that guns are not accessible to criminals and the mentally ill. I also believe it prudent not to let emotions rule the day when reforms are enacted. Extreme reforms that compromise citizens’ rights and freedoms diminish the values on which our nation was founded and result in undermining our safety and security.
My continuing responsibility is to work closely with our citizens, schools, mental health professionals and well trained law enforcement professionals in looking for effective means to reduce gun violence in our communities.
Sheriff Keith Royal