Gun sanctuary has little impact

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 5/9/19

Sheriff Steve Ross says Polk County's adoption of gun sanctuary status will have little impact on his office, his staff, or the residents of Polk County.Without coming right out and taking a strong …

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Gun sanctuary has little impact

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Sheriff Steve Ross says Polk County's adoption of gun sanctuary status will have little impact on his office, his staff, or the residents of Polk County.

Without coming right out and taking a strong stand for strong gun-rights advocacy, Ross says he believes in the "rightful" possession of firearms, and he has no concerns with the commission's approval of gun sanctuary status.

He says there are exceptions. "If a person has been involved in a firearm 'incident', they don't need to have a gun", Ross emphasized. 

"We will continue to enforce gun-ownership requirements, and we will still require background checks," Ross continued, signifying Polk County law enforcement will quickly recognize gun laws which are now on the books. 

The main thing is, Polk County authorities will step up to protect the rights of the county's citizens in regard to firearm ownership. They will also enforce violations.

The Polk County sheriff said he realizes there is growing support of the gun sannctuary issues, not only in Polk County County, but across the nation.

"I understand there are now more than 200 gun sanctuary communities," he said,  repeating that he does not believe this fact, or the county's recent declaration,  will have much of an impact on his department as it goes about it's job and responsibilities.

"We don't have a problem with people (legally) having guns," Ross said. He also emphasized, "We also have a very low home-invasion rate!"


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