Sheriffs refuse to disarm and walk out E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

It looks like the drama surrounding guns and politics is on the rise. According to recent media reports, a group of county sheriffs trying to get into the state capitol building to attend an annual meeting with legislators were outraged after they were told to check their weapons.

This was the first time the sheriffs were told to check their sidearms, allegedly after complaints from at least one state senator. The sheriffs left the building in protest and skipped the meeting with lawmakers.

Wagoner County, Oklahoma Sheriff Bob Colbert said the request to disarm was beyond insulting.

“Everybody in that building knew who we were,” Colbert told Tulsa ABC affiliate KTUL. He was asked to remove his weapon, as were the other sheriffs in the group.

“One of the senators, who they wouldn’t tell us, complained because we were armed in the building,” Colbert went on to say.

Faced with the choice of checking their weapons and leaving, the law enforcement leaders chose the latter.

“So we all packed up and left,” Colbert said.

“We’re the people that protect these people. If the state troopers are satisfied that we’re OK in that building, I’m pretty sure that the legislators should have something else to worry about such as the economy or something. This is a pretty sad day for me.”

It’s unclear what the topic of discussion was for the meeting that never took place between the sheriffs and the state lawmakers.


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