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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Amid the nation's growing controversy over gun control, one Brunswick County leader is letting citizens know just where he stands on the issue.
Sheriff John Ingram released a letter to the public Tuesday, explaining that he plans to uphold the Constitution, per his oath he took as sheriff, and that he favors the Second Amendment.
"As Sheriff of Brunswick County, I took an oath to support and defend the United States and North Carolina Constitutions," Ingram says in his statement. "The citizens of Brunswick County entrusted their office of Sheriff to me, I will not act inconsistent with my oath, nor will I allow anyone or group to infringe upon the rights of the citizens of Brunswick County afforded by the Constitution."
Ingram goes on to encourage citizens to legally arm themselves after considering "all options available," and says that he is praying for state and national leaders to find ways to reduce violence without "victimizing" citizens.
He also touches on the issue of mental health, expressing that he feels as though just because criminals with mental illnesses commit crimes with guns does not mean that weapon sale restrictions or bans should be enforced.
"Recent mass shootings and other acts of violence demonstrate the critical need for additional mental health treatment as we move forward," said Ingram. "Additionally, we should vigorously seek out and prosecute criminals, especially those who choose to prey upon our society by aid of weapons. Violent acts committed by criminals and those suffering from mental illness should not be used as a platform to limit or ban the possession or use of weapons by law abiding citizens in our nation."
Ingram has been a part of the sheriff's office since 1991, and became Brunswick County Sheriff in 2008.
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