To The Editor:

January 27, 2020                           

          Dear Jackson County Citizens,

I have received a couple of phone calls asking why I wasn’t at the Commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 during the discussion of the Sanctuary proclamation. I wasn’t at the Commissioners’ meeting because I had the flu. I don’t get sick very often, but when I do, it hits me hard.

 The next question is where I stand on the Second Amendment. I’m a very strong supporter of the Second Amendment.

The other question asked is would I take your guns. As a duly elected public official, my oath of office requires me to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of Ohio. As such, I will fulfill my sworn duty as Sheriff.

That means, the only way I would take someone’s weapon is by a court order from a judge, or if a person uses a weapon unlawfully according to the Ohio Revised Code.

As Sheriff, I do not create laws; I do not interpret the laws; I do enforce the present law. Ultimately it is the United States Supreme Court and the lower courts that possess the power to interpret the laws and determine the constitutionality of the laws.

Although the Commissioners’ Resolution opposes any restrictions on the citizens on their Second Amendment rights, a resolution cannot and does not change the present laws of this State with regard to conceal carry and obtaining a permit to do such as presently required by law.

If you have any questions regarding a concealed carry issue, contact this office.

Thank you,

Tedd E. Frazier,

Jackson County Sheriff