Published Thu, Jan 31, 2013 8:39 am Dateline
Updated Thu, Jan 31, 2013 9:40 am
Some West Virginia sheriffs are opposing proposed federal gun control legislation. They said they won't enforce any laws that they believe violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Media outlets report that Boone County Sheriff Randall White sent a letter this week to President Barack Obama voicing his opposition. He said the government should instead focus on the small number of people who commit crimes involving guns.
Raleigh County Sheriff Steve Tanner said he's charged with defending the U.S. Constitution. And that includes the Second Amendment.
Putnam County Sheriff Steve DeWeese said people have the right to bear arms. He also said he believes people have the right to defend themselves, especially in their homes.