Dear Editor: Gun control has been a hot news topic in the wake of recent tragedies across the country. As the duly elected Sheriff of Rockdale County, I want to let the residents of Rockdale County know where I stand on this issue.
When I was sworn in as your Sheriff on December 30, 2012, I took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, which includes standing by the 2nd Amendment. I join other sheriffs across Georgia when I say that I will oppose any federal or state legislation that infringes upon the rights of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. Furthermore, I will support any legislation that penalizes non-law abiding citizens who use firearms during the commission of crimes.
As an elected constitutional officer, I answer to the residents of Rockdale County. 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 2nd Amendment rights of law abiding citizens and by being tough on criminals.
A great way that I can help support the 2nd Amendment rights of Rockdale County residents is by offering ways to be responsible with guns. 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. More information about these classes will be available in the near future.
I hope that I have been able to clear up my stance on gun control and strongly encourage anyone with further questions or concerns to contact me at anytime.
Sheriff Eric Levett
Rockdale County Sheriff's Office