Small town police department starts 2nd Amendment firestorm

Waelder PD: We won't enforce new federal laws that violate gun rights

Author: John Honore, Meteorologist,
Published On: Feb 06 2013 04:54:04 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 06 2013 05:29:37 PM CST
WAELDER, Texas -

On Tuesday night, Austin Harper, assistant chief of the Waelder Police Department, released a statement saying if gun control laws pass, they won't enforce them.

According to Waelder Police Chief Jim Taylor, this isn't a reaction to recent events, but an attempt to allay the fears of their own citizens.

"We've gotten a lot of feedback, a lot of concern from residents wondering if we were going to -- in their words -- 'turn on them,'" Taylor said.

Taylor says residents have been worried his department will collaborate with federal agencies to restrict or even ban gun ownership.

Taylor says the statement is directed at those residents.

"It's just kind of a a reassurance that no, we all took oaths to uphold and defend the United States Constitution and that's what we are going to do," Taylor said.

The chief said he recognizes his department can't stop all crime, and that his citizens have a right to defend themselves.

"We can't be everywhere at once, and I really do believe its a sacred right to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property," he said.

According to the department, any new laws that violate the 2nd Amendment would violate that sacred right.

To read the statement in full, click here.