Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews issued this statement today:
“Upon assuming this office, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of North Carolina, and I am committed to upholding that oath. I recognize that Amendment II to United States Constitution provides that ‘the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed’ and that Amendment IV provides that ‘the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated...’”
“I am aware of the executive orders issued by President Obama and of his proposals for legislative action to impose stricter gun control regulations. None of the executive orders direct any action be taken by county sheriffs, or other members of local law enforcement.
"Citizens who are concerned about the President’s legislative initiatives, whether they support or oppose them, should remember that they will require action by Congress in order to be implemented. Contact with your representatives, in Congress and the Senate, is the most effective way to make sure your views are understood and included in the legislative process. Persons who are not sure who their representative is after the most recent redistricting may find out by going to the following website: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members.