Local sheriff: 'I would go to jail' defending 2nd Amendment

News 12 First at Five / Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (WRDW) -- News 12 joins Ronnie Daniels for his daily routine. He starts the day with a little target training at the Beaverdam Rifle Range in Edgefield County.

On Thursday, Daniels wasn't shooting an AR-15, an AK-47 or any of the other guns that would be illegal under an assault weapons ban. But, like so many others, he's fired up.

"I think a man has the right to bear arms. I think the first step of communism is taking our guns away from us," he said.

But if guns like these are banned, the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office won't confiscate them.

"No. No. Plain and simple no," said Capt. Chris Walsh with the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office.

On Wednesday, Democrat African-American Sheriff Adell Dobey said he would be the first to go to jail protecting the 2nd Amendment.

"We believe it would be unconstitutional, you know, we've talked to people that back our opinion on that," Walsh said.

Sheriff Dobey was out of town on Wednesday, but Capt. Walsh relayed his message. As an officer, he feels felons will still get guns even with a ban.

"They're more inclined to have them if they are convicted felons," he said.

He also says home protection would take a hit. He knows of multiple people who've stopped crimes just by having a gun, not necessarily even firing it.

Daniels knows that's true, too.

"One couple friend of mine was assaulted and robbed, and if he'd of had a gun, it might have made a difference," Daniels said.

For now, Daniels will continue this daily tradition of shooting and protecting his weapons.

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