Texas County Sheriff James Sigman has taken a clear stance on the topic of gun control.

Sigman last week composed and sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden indicating he supported the Second Amendment and its mandate of individual Americans’ right to bear arms. Biden was recently appointed by President Barack Obama as head of a federal task force that is exploring the subject of guns and gun control.

In the letter, Sigman wrote that he will “in no way enforce any unconstitutional acts or executive orders that deprive the law abiding citizens of Texas County Missouri the right to keep and bear arms.”

Similar sentiment has recently been publicly stated by several sheriffs in southeast Missouri, and the Missouri Sheriff’s Association is reportedly penning a letter to Obama regarding guns control and Second Amendment rights. Sigman said his actions were not related to alignment with a group.

“I’m aware of both, but I have not had any conversation with either,” he said. “It’s my understanding that they were going to maybe have all the sheriffs sign off on the one letter (to Obama), but I have not heard anything further on that.”

The letter:

Dear Mr. Vice President,

As the duly elected sheriff of Texas County, I find it unfortunate that I have to address the issue concerning the “gun debate” in our country. Regardless of which podium a person finds oneself speaking from. One thing is clear and certain in my mind. We are a nation governed by laws, the Constitution of the United States and in my case the Missouri Constitution. The U.S. Constitution, as well as the Missouri Constitution are very clear concerning the right to keep and bear arms.

I have taken an oath, just as you have, it is my sworn duty to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and the State of Missouri. As you well know, the U.S. Constitution says the right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. The Missouri Constitution says, “That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, SHALL NOT BE QUESTIONED.

I urge you to defend the Constitution and look at the real problems we are facing in America. God has been taken out of nearly every public aspect of our daily lives as well as our schools. Our children are continuously subjected to violence through television and video games. I feel it is time we look at these issues as well as the mental health system we have in place. As an officer in the State of Missouri for nearly 19 years, I have seen time and time again that when a person is struggling with a mental illness, the answer has been to medicate and release them with little or no follow up as to whether or not the subject is taking his/her medication or obtaining further treatment they need to combat the illness they are facing.

As sheriff of Texas County, Missouri, I will defend the U.S. Constitution and the Missouri Constitution. The Second Amendment right is one of our greatest rights, I believe it is the very right that has kept us a free country. I will in no way enforce any unconstitutional acts or executive orders that deprive the law-abiding citizens of Texas County, the right to keep and bear arms.

In closing, I would like to add that I stand with the elected officials in Jefferson City, who are fervently attempting to preserve our rights in regards to the Second Amendment by their introduction of H.B. 170 (Second Amendment preservation act) and HJR 15 (Amend constitution: Right to ammunition).

In the words of John Adams: “Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”


James Sigman

Sheriff, Texas County Missouri

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