DANVILLE — Lincoln County's sheriff has joined a growing number of sheriffs who are publicly assuring voters they would fight against any federal gun confiscation program.
There are no plans for such a program at the federal level, but second-amendment supporters around the country are concerned about broader implications of a renewed push for gun-control legislation following the massacre of 20 children with an assault rifle at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year.
"As far as gun control … there's no one going to come and take our guns. We're not going to disarm my citizens in my county." Folger told an audience of more than 100 Monday, at a meeting of the local 9-12 group, a patriotic Christian organization focused on limiting government.
Folger spoke to the group with Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliott and Mercer County Sheriff Ernie Kelty, both of whom also said they would not support a federal move to confiscate everyone's guns.
Folger said he believes it would be a sheriff's responsibility to fight any gun confiscation measure on behalf of his constituents. "The sheriffs have the citizens' backs," he told the group.
"They might come and say that you've got to do this, you've got to do that," Folger said of the federal government. "But you know what? We really don't have to do that, and we really don't have to listen to them. That's pretty much my stance on gun control."
Eastern Kentucky Sheriff Denny Peyman gained national attention in January when he told voters he would not enforce any federal gun regulations that he considers to be unconstitutional.
Some sources estimate more than 300 sheriffs around the country have made similar statements since the Sandy Hook tragedy occurred.