Growing List of Sheriffs and Associations Saying ‘NO’ to Obama Gun Control
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Growing List of Sheriffs and Associations Saying ‘NO’ to Obama Gun Control

Growing List of Sheriffs and Associations Saying ‘NO’ to Obama Gun Control

Posted on February 20, 2013

Sheriffs have risen up all over our great nation to stand up against the unconstitutional gun control measures being taken.

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The following sheriffs and state sheriff’s associations have vowed to uphold and defend the Constitution against Obama’s unlawful gun control measures.  We applaud these public servants for their courage and conviction.  

“I call on sheriffs all over this nation to add their voices to the growing numbers of faithful protectors of our freedom.”

– Richard Mack

Constitutional Duty of the Sheriff – Richard Mack

State Sheriff’s Associations

Note: A statement from a state association does not necessarily mean that every sheriff in the state supports it. One such case is is Florida, listed below. This statement was voted on and approved by a majority of the sheriffs in the association, but not by EVERY sheriff in the state. While other lists may include all sheriffs within such a state, we have chosen to list associations and individual sheriffs separately.

1. Utah Sheriffs Association

2. Florida Sheriffs Association

3. Georgia Sheriffs Association

4. Colorado Sheriffs Association

5. New Mexico Sheriffs Association

6. Nebraska Sheriffs Association

7. Wyoming Sheriffs Association

8. Indiana Sheriffs Association

9. California Sheriffs Association

10. Illinois Sheriffs Association


We are in the process of researching and posting links to online statements for all sheriffs on this list.  You can help us by sending us links to statements by any of them.

If you know a sheriff that should be on this list: Please post the sheriff’s full name, county, and state along with a link to an online statement by the sheriff if available. You may also email us supporting documents, via the contact page.

Disclaimer: While we encourage all sheriffs, their departments and peace officers to join CSPOA, the list below includes members of the CSPOA and any others who have gone on record to uphold their oath by having made public statements, written open letters or contacted us personally and asked to be included. We have indicated which sheriffs are members of the CSPOA.

We evaluate each sheriff on a case by case basis, but in general we are looking for sheriffs whose statements contain:

  • A reaffirmation that the sheriff will follow his or her oath and uphold the Constitution
  • An affirmation to support the constitutional second amendment rights of citizens in his or her jurisdiction

Latest sheriff count: 307

Updated 02/21/2013


State County Sheriff Reason for Listing
Alabama Baldwin Huey Hoss Mack Link
Alabama Chilton Kevin Davis
Alabama Houston Andy Hughes Link
Alabama Lee Jay Jones
Alabama Madison Blake Dorning Link
Alabama Morgan Ana Franklin Link
Arizona Cochise Mark J. Dannels Link
Arizona Maricopa Joe Arpaio Link
Arizona Mohave Tom Sheahan Link
Arizona Pinal Paul Babeu Link
Arizona Yavapai Scott Mascher Link
Arizona Yuma Leon Wilmot Link
Arkansas Boone Mike Moore Link
California Amador Martin Ryan Link
California Butte Jerry Smith Link
California Del Norte Dean Wilson Link
California El Dorado John D’Agostini Link
California Fresno Margaret Mims Link
California Humboldt Mike Downey Link
California Kern Donny Youngblood Link
California Lassen Dean Growdon Link
California Mendocino Thomas Allman CSPOA Member Link
California Modoc Mike Poindexter Link
California Nevada Keith Royal Link
California Plumas Greg Hagwood Link
California Shasta Tom Bosenko
California Siskiyou Jon Lopey Link
California Stanislaus Adam Christianson Link
California Tehama David Hencraft Link
California Toulumne James W. Mele Link
California Trinity Bruce Haney Link
Colorado El Paso Terry Maketa
Colorado Garfield Lou Vallario
Colorado Larimer Justin Smith
Colorado Mesa Stan Hilkey
Colorado Montrose Rick Dunlap
Colorado Weld John Cooke
Delaware Sussex Jeff Christopher
Florida Bay Frank McKeithen
Florida Clay Rick Beseler
Florida Hamilton Harrell Reid
Florida Lee Mike Scott
Florida Martin Bill Snyder
Florida Polk Grady Judd
Florida Walton Michael Adkinson
Georgia Cherokee Roger Garrison
Georgia Cobb Neil Warren
Georgia Fannin Dane Kirby
Georgia Gilmer Stacy Nicholson
Georgia Gwinnett Butch Conway
Georgia Oconee Scott Berry
Georgia Paulding Gary Gulledge
Georgia Putnam Howard R. Sills Link
Georgia Towns Christopher M. Clinton
Georgia Twiggs R. Darren Mitchum
Georgia Walton Joe Chapman
Idaho Benewah Dave Resser CSPOA member
Idaho Bonner Daryl Wheeler
Idaho Canyon Kieran Donahue
Idaho Clark Bart May
Idaho Clearwater Chris Goetz
Idaho Gem Chuck Rolland
Idaho Idaho Doug Giddings
Idaho Jerome Doug McFall
Idaho Lewis Brian Brokop
Idaho Madison Roy Klingler
Idaho Nez Perce Joe Rodriguez
Idaho Payette Chad Huff
Idaho Shoshone Mitch Alexander
Idaho Twin Falls Tom Carter
Idaho Washington Matt Thomas
Illinois Champaign Dan Walsh Link
Illinois Clark Jerry Parsley
Illinois DuPage John Zaruba Link
Illinois Edgar Edward Motley
Illinois Iroquois Derek Hagen
Illinois McLean Mike Emery
Indiana Boone Ken Campbell
Indiana Elkhart Brad Rogers
Indiana Franklin Ken Murphy
Indiana Hancock Michael Shepherd CSPOA member
Indiana Ripley Tom Grills
Iowa Cedar Warren M. Wethington
Kansas Harvey Walton Townsend CSPOA member
Kansas Johnson Frank Denning
Kansas Linn Barry Walker CSPOA member
Kansas Sherman Burton Pianalto CSPOA member
Kansas Sumner County Darren Chambers CSPOA member
Kentucky Bath John Snedegar
Kentucky Boone Michael A. Helmig
Kentucky Jackson Denny Peyman
Kentucky Kenton Chuck Korzenborn
Kentucky Powell Scott F. Harrison
Maryland Carroll Ken Tregoning
Maryland Frederick Charles A. Jenkins
Michigan Barry Dar Leaf
Michigan Benzie Ted Schende
Michigan Kent Larry Stelma
Michigan Menominee Kenny Marks CSPOA member
Michigan Tuscola Leland Teschendorf
Minnesota Itasca Victor Williams
Minnesota Otter Tail Brian Schlueter
Minnesota Pine Robin Cole
Mississippi DeSoto Bill Rasco
Mississippi Forrest Billy McGee
Mississippi Monroe Cecil Cantrell
Missouri Barry Mick Epperly
Missouri Butler Mark Dobbs
Missouri Gasconade Randy Esphorst
Missouri Jasper Randee Kaiser
Missouri Johnson Charles Heiss
Missouri Lawrence Brad A. DeLay
Missouri Lincoln John Cottle Link
Missouri Livingston Steve Cox
Missouri Marion Jimmy Shinn
Missouri Mercer Stephen Stockman
Missouri Oregon George R. Underwood
Missouri Osage Michael Dixon
Missouri Perry Gary Schaaf
Missouri Ralls Gerry Dinwiddie
Missouri Shannon Steven R. Blunkall
Missouri Texas James Sigman
Missouri Warren Kevin T. Harrison
Montana Lake Jay Doyle
Montana Musselshell Woodrow Weitzeil
Montana Powell Scott F. Howard
Montana Ravalli Chris Hoffman
Montana Sanders Tom Rummel
Montana Wibaux Darby Harrington
Montana Yellowstone Mike Linder
Nebraska Dakota Chris Kleinberg
Nevada Churchill Benjamin D. Trotter CSPOA member
Nevada Humboldt Ed Kilgpore
Nevada Nye Tony DeMeo
New Hampshire Grafton Douglas R Dutile
New Mexico Arriba Joe Mascarenas
New Mexico Bernalillo Dan Houston
New Mexico Catron Shawn Menges
New Mexico Chaves Patrick R Jennings
New Mexico Cibola Johnny Valdez
New Mexico Colfax Jim Maldonado
New Mexico De Baca Dennis A. Cleaver
New Mexico Dona Ana Todd Garrison
New Mexico Eddy Scott London
New Mexico Grant Raul Holguin
New Mexico Guadalupe Michael R Lucero
New Mexico Harding Herman Martinez
New Mexico Hidalgo Saturnino Madero
New Mexico Lea Mark Hargrove
New Mexico Lincoln Robert Sheppard
New Mexico Los Alamos Marco Lucero
New Mexico Luna Raymond Cobos
New Mexico Otero Benny House
New Mexico Quay Joe Schallert
New Mexico Roosevelt Darren Hooker
New Mexico San Juan Ken Christesen
New Mexico San Miguel Benjie Vigil
New Mexico Santa Fe Robert Garcia
New Mexico Sierra Joe Baca
New Mexico Socorro Phillip Montoya
New Mexico Taos Miguel Romero Jr
New Mexico Torrance Heath White
New Mexico Union William Spriggs
New Mexico Valencia Louis Burkhard
New York Erie County Timothy B. Howard
New York Otsego Richard Devlin Jr.
New York Putnam Donald Smith
New York Schoharie Tony Desmond
New York Steuben David Cole
North Carolina Brunswick John Ingram Link
North Carolina Catawba Coy Reid
North Carolina Cleveland Alan Norman
North Carolina Franklin Jerry Jones
North Carolina Guilford Darlene Terrell CSPOA member
North Carolina Harnett Larry Rollins
North Carolina Henderson Charlie McDonald
North Carolina Lee Tracy Carter
North Carolina Rockingham Sam Page
North Carolina Sampson Jimmy Thornton
North Carolina Stokes Mike Marshall
North Carolina Union Eddie Cathey
North Carolina Wake Robert Foy CSPOA member
North Carolina Wake Donnie Harrison
North Carolina Wayne Carey Winders
Ohio Allen Sam Crish
Ohio Auglaize Al Solomon
Ohio Hancock Mike Heldman
Ohio Hancock Michael E. Heldman
Ohio Mercer Jeff Grey
Ohio Preble Michael Simpson
Ohio Richland J. Steve Sheldon
Oklahoma Cleveland Joe Lester Link
Oklahoma Jackson Roger LeVick
Oklahoma Major Steve Randolph
Oklahoma McCurtain Johnny Tadlock
Oklahoma Wagoner Bob ‘Big Block’ Colbert
Oregon Baker Mitchell Southwick
Oregon Coos Craig Zanni Link
Oregon Crook Jim Hensley
Oregon Curry John Bishop
Oregon Deschutes Larry Blanton
Oregon Douglas John Hanlin
Oregon Grant Glenn E. Palmer
Oregon Jackson Mike Winters
Oregon Josephine Gil Gilbertson
Oregon Klamath Frank Skrah
Oregon Linn Tim Mueller Link
Oregon Malheur Brian Wolfe
Oregon Marion Jason Myers
Oregon Multnomah Dan Staton
Oregon Polk Bob Wolfe
Oregon Union Boyd Rasmussen
Oregon Wallowa Steve Rogers
Oregon Washington Pat Garrett
Oregon Yamhill Jack Crabtree
Pennsylvania Adams Jim Muller
Pennsylvania Berks Eric J. Weaknecht
Pennsylvania Bradford Clinton J. Walters
Pennsylvania Butler Michael T. Slupe Link
Pennsylvania Chester Carolyn ‘Bunny’ Welsh
Pennsylvania Cumberland Ronny R. Anderson CSPOA member
Pennsylvania Elk Jeffrey C. Krieg
Pennsylvania Venango Eric Foy CSPOA member
Pennsylvania Westmoreland Jonathan Held
South Carolina Berkeley Wayne DeWitt
South Carolina Charleston Al Cannon
South Carolina Edgefield Adell Dobey
South Carolina Kershaw Jim Matthews
South Carolina Lexington James Metts
South Carolina Spartanburg Chuck Wright Link
South Carolina York Bruce Bryant
Tennessee Bradley Jim Ruth
Tennessee Hamilton Jim Hammond
Texas Anderson Greg Taylor Link
Texas Austin Jack Brandes
Texas Burnet W.T. Smith
Texas Collin Terry Box Link
Texas Dallam Bruce Scott CSPOA member
Texas Ellis Johnny Brown
Texas Fannin Dane Kirby
Texas Fort Bend Troy E. Nehls
Texas Galveston Henry Trochesset
Texas Grayson Keith Gray
Texas Grimes Donald Sewell Link
Texas Hardin Ed Cain CSPOA member
Texas Hartley Frank Scott CSPOA member Link
Texas Hill Michael Cox
Texas Hudspeth Arvin West
Texas Hutchinson Don L Johnson
Texas Johnson Bob Alford
Texas Mason Buster Nixon
Texas McCulloch Earl Howell
Texas McLennan Parnell McNamara
Texas Mills Clint Hammonds
Texas Montgomery Tommy Gage
Texas Oldham David Medlin
Texas Randall Joel W. Richardson
Texas Smith Larry Smith
Texas Taylor Ricky Bishop Link
Texas Waller R. Glenn Smith
Utah Beaver Cameron M. Noel
Utah Box Elder Joseph Yeates
Utah Cache G. Lynn Nelson
Utah Carbon James Cordova
Utah Daggett Jerry Jorgensen
Utah Davis Todd Richardson
Utah Duchesne Merv Gustin
Utah Duchesne Travis Mitchell
Utah Emery Greg Funk
Utah Garfield James D. Perkins
Utah Garfiled Than Cooper
Utah Grand James B. Nyland Sr.
Utah Grand Steven White
Utah Iron Mark Gower
Utah Juab Alden Orme
Utah Kane Lamont Smith
Utah Millard Robert Dekker
Utah Morgan Blaine Breshears
Utah Morgan Gene Ercanbrack
Utah Puite Marty Gleave
Utah Rich Dale Stacey
Utah San Juan Rick Eldredge
Utah San Juan Mike Lacy
Utah Sanpete Brian Nielson
Utah Sanpete Kay P. Larsen
Utah Sevier Phil Barney
Utah Sevier County Nathan Curtis
Utah Summit David Edmunds
Utah Tooele Frank Park
Utah Uintah Jeff Merrell
Utah Utah James Tracy
Utah Wasatch Kenneth Vanwagoner
Utah Wasatch Todd Bonner
Utah Washington Cory Pulsipher
Utah Washington Kirk Smith
Utah Wayne Kurt Taylor
Utah Weber Terry Thompson
Washington Asotin Ken Bancroft
Washington Grant Tom Jones
Washington Skamania Dave Brown
Washington Whitman Brett Myers
Washington Yakima Ken Irwin
West Virginia Boone William “Randall” White
West Virginia Roane Mike Harper
West Virginia Wood Ken Merritt
Wisconsin Milwaukee David A. Clarke Jr.
Wisconsin Milwaukee David Clarke Link

How NOT To Get On The List

This section is clear down at the bottom, where it belongs. It contains a few links to statements with a lot of truthiness that miss the whole point. Most of the statements from sheriffs below this line contain some statement about it being their job to enforce the law, not to pick and choose. A great response to this can be found in a letter from Cleveland County, Oklahoma Sheriff Joe Lester who stated, “I was trained in the US Army, under the authority of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, that I had the right and the duty as a member of the military to disregard any order that I knew to be unlawful.” Even soldiers in the military are not supposed to blindly follow orders. They are supposed to use their own moral compasses to determine right and wrong. Failure to do so rests on their own shoulders, and the same is true for every individual – not just in this country – but in the world.

Sheriff Gary Raney, Ada County, Idaho – I uphold all of the Constitution, not just part of it and an excellent rebuttal here.

And look! Here is a post a the sheriff’s site in Ohio, quoting the local sheriffs association on the issue. For those of you who understand the impending threats, this may make you slightly sick to your stomach. Who will stop the tyrants? Surely the tyrants will regulate themselves.

Somebody recently submitted the following “Add my sheriff” request to us:
Please add Sheriff Lovick [Snohomish County, Washington] to your list that oppose unlawfull gun control by President Obama.

“As Sheriff elected twice by the citizens of Snohomish County, I swore to support, defend and obey the Constitution AND laws of the United States of America. At this time, there have been no changes to federal or state gun laws. As a law enforcement agency, it is not our role to comment on or criticize policy recommendations – it is our job to uphold and defend the laws of our county, state and country. If new federal or state gun laws are passed, I will discuss the best way to follow the spirit of those laws with Snohomish county leadership, Washington state legislators, and my colleagues at other law enforcement agencies.”

-Sheriff John Lovick, Snohomish County, Washington

Sorry, but this is the OPPOSITE of what we need.  A statement so wimpy and ambiguous that it could mean anything.  Is he for or against?  Will he uphold the Constitution or the unconstitutional laws?  Could be either… or both. Or neither.

via Growing List of Sheriffs and Associations Saying ‘NO’ to Obama Gun Control | CSPOA – Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.

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