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Statement from Durham County Sheriff Clarence Birkhead

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I have always advocated for responsible gun ownership throughout my law enforcement career. It is for that reason I support North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s quick veto of Senate Bill 41 which would remove a vital step in keeping guns out of the hands of people who would do harm to themselves or others. As I’ve stated before, Sheriffs know their local communities. Sheriffs are best positioned to keep ensuring that we have done everything humanly possible to prevent potential injury from gun violence. Keeping existing laws in place is another check and balance in the process of achieving responsible gun ownership.

Clarence Birkhead is the Sheriff of Durham County. He served as the Chief of Police at Duke University Public Safety for 7 years, from 1998 to 2005.

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