Growing List of Sheriffs, Associations and Police Chiefs Saying ‘NO’ to Obama Gun Control

14/04/2013 21:33

UPDATE: We’ve been contacted by police chiefs and other groups or individuals who want to be counted among the valiant as well! Look for their list after the sheriffs.

The following sheriffs, state sheriff’s associations, and police chiefs have vowed to uphold and defend the Constitution against Obama’s unconstitutional gun control measures.  We applaud these public servants for their courage and conviction.  

The remarkable thing about what these brave men and women are doing is that nobody told them to do it.  Neither the CSPOA nor any other organization that we are aware of contacted sheriffs across the nation and asked them to make statements; this is something sheriffs did on their own, or because their constituents requested it of them.  Soon, people started submitting letters and links to us, and it was such a remarkable thing that we started to collect all the names and list them together.  Then the miracle happened: Other sheriffs across the nation have been inspired by the courage of those who stood first.  Now we see the power of standing, even if you fear you may stand alone.

NOW, powered by the gaining momentum of this movement, the CSPOA has joined with other like-minded organizations in a largely volunteer effort to contact all the remaining sheriffs and ask them for a statement. You can read more about this effort here.

“I call on sheriffs all over this nation to add their voices to the growing numbers of faithful protectors of our freedom.”

- Richard Mack

Constitutional Duty of the Sheriff – Richard Mack


Updated 04/14/2013

Note: A statement from a state association does not necessarily mean that every sheriff in the state supports it. One such case is is Florida, listed below. This statement was voted on and approved by a majority of the sheriffs in the association, but not by EVERY sheriff in the state. While other lists may include all sheriffs within such a state, we have chosen to list associations and individual sheriffs separately.

Association Reason for Listing
California Sheriffs Association Link
Colorado Sheriffs Association Link
Florida Sheriffs Association Link
Georgia Sheriffs Association Link
Illinois Sheriffs Association Link
Indiana Sheriffs Association Link
Kentucky Sheriffs Association Link
Missouri Sheriffs Association Link
Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Link
Nebraska Sheriffs Association Link
New Mexico Sheriffs Association Link
Oklahoma Sheriffs Association Link
South Carolina Sheriffs Association Link
Utah Sheriffs Association Link
Wyoming Sheriffs Association Link


Updated 04/14/2013

We are in the process of researching and posting links to online statements for all entities on these lists. You can help us by sending us links to statements by any of them.If you know a sheriff or association that should be listed: Please send us the sheriff's full name, county, and state along with a link to an online statement by the sheriff if available. You may also email us supporting documents via the contact page.

Disclaimer: While we encourage all sheriffs and peace officers to join CSPOA, the list below includes members of the CSPOA and any others who have gone on record to uphold their oath by having made public statements, written open letters or contacted us personally and asked to be included. We have indicated which sheriffs are members of the CSPOA.We evaluate each sheriff on a case by case basis, but in general we are looking for sheriffs whose statements contain:

  • A reaffirmation that the sheriff will follow his or her oath and uphold the Constitution
  • An affirmation to support the constitutional second amendment rights of citizens in his or her jurisdiction

NOTE: Some persons or organizations on this list state that they are in favor of further gun restrictions in order to 'keep guns out of the hands of criminals and/or the mentally ill.' The CSPOA is NOT in favor of these programs becasue we realize they just can't work without controls that would severely limit the freedoms of law abiding citizens. We also recognize that throughout history, gun registration is always followed by confiscation. And guess what: a required background check is the same thing as required registration. Let's not be stupid. Once the info is on file, it's going to be abused.

HOWEVER, we are listing individuals who are still trying to have it both ways because we believe they have taken the first positive step by stating that they will defend the constitutional rights of the citizenry. We hope they will soon realize that the two ideas cannot exist together.

State County Sheriff Reason for Listing
Alabama Baldwin Huey Hoss Mack Link
Alabama Barbour LeRoy Upshaw Personal request
Alabama Chilton Kevin Davis  
Alabama Houston Andy Hughes Link
Alabama Lee Jay Jones  
Alabama Madison Blake Dorning Link
Alabama Morgan Ana Franklin Link
Arizona Cochise Mark J. Dannels Link
Arizona Maricopa Joe Arpaio Link
Arizona Mohave Tom Sheahan Link
Arizona Pinal Paul Babeu Link
Arizona Yavapai Scott Mascher Link
Arizona Yuma Leon Wilmot Statement Link
Arkansas Boone Mike Moore Link
Arkansas Cross JR Smith Link
Arkansas Nevada Danny Martin Link
California Amador Martin Ryan Link
California Butte Jerry Smith Link
California Del Norte Dean Wilson Link
California El Dorado John D'Agostini Link
California Fresno Margaret Mims Link
California Humboldt Mike Downey Link
California Kern Donny Youngblood Link
California Lassen Dean Growdon Link
California Mendocino Thomas Allman CSPOA Member Link
California Modoc Mike Poindexter Link
California Nevada Keith Royal Link
California Placer Edward Bonner Link
California Plumas Greg Hagwood Link
California San Luis Obispo Ian S. Parkinson Link
California Shasta Tom Bosenko  
California Sierra John Evans Link
California Siskiyou Jon Lopey Link
California Stanislaus Adam Christianson Link
California Tehama David Hencraft Link
California Trinity Bruce Haney Link
California Tuolumne James W. Mele Link
Colorado Custer Fred Jobe Link
Colorado Douglas Dave Weaver Link
Colorado El Paso Terry Maketa Link
Colorado Elbert Shayne Heap Video Link
Colorado Fremont Jim Beicker Link
Colorado Garfield Lou Vallario Link
Colorado Gilpin Bruce Hartman Video Link
Colorado Hinsdale Ronald B. Bruce Link
Colorado Jackson Scott Fischer Link
Colorado Jefferson Ted Mink video Link
Colorado Larimer Justin Smith Link
Colorado Logan Brett L. Powell Link
Colorado Mesa Stan Hilkey Link
Colorado Moffat Tim Jantz Link
Colorado Montrose Rick Dunlap Link
Colorado Prowers James Faull Link
Colorado Pueblo Kirk M. Taylor Link
Colorado Rio Grande Brian Norton Link
Colorado Routt Garrett Wiggins Link
Colorado Sedgwick Randy Peck Link
Colorado Summit John Minor Link
Colorado Teller Michael A. Ensminger Link
Colorado Washington Larry Kuntz Link
Colorado Weld John Cooke News Artile Link
Delaware Sussex Jeff Christopher Link
Florida Bay Frank McKeithen Link
Florida Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey Link
Florida Clay Rick Beseler  
Florida Collier Kevin Rambosk Statement Link
Florida Hamilton Harrell Reid Link
Florida Lee Mike Scott Statement Link
Florida Martin Bill Snyder  
Florida Polk Grady Judd  
Florida Seminole Donald F. Eslinger Link
Florida Walton Michael Adkinson  
Georgia Carroll Terry Langley Link
Georgia Cherokee Roger Garrison  
Georgia Cobb Neil Warren  
Georgia Columbia Clay Whittle Link
Georgia Fannin Dane Kirby  
Georgia Fayette Barry Babb  
Georgia Gilmer Stacy Nicholson  
Georgia Gwinnett Butch Conway  
Georgia Oconee Scott Berry Link
Georgia Paulding Gary Gulledge  
Georgia Pike Jimmy Thomas  
Georgia Putnam Howard R. Sills Link
Georgia Rockdale Eric J. Levett Link
Georgia Spalding Wendell Beam  
Georgia Towns Christopher M. Clinton Link
Georgia Twiggs R. Darren Mitchum  
Georgia Upson Dan Kilgore  
Georgia Walton Joe Chapman  
Idaho Adams Ryan K. Zollman Signed Petition
Idaho Bannock Lorin W. Neilsen Link
Idaho Benewah Dave Resser CSPOA member
Idaho Bonner Daryl Wheeler  
Idaho Canyon Kieran Donahue  
Idaho Clark Bart May  
Idaho Clearwater Chris Goetz  
Idaho Fremont Len Humphries Signed Petition
Idaho Gem Chuck Rolland  
Idaho Idaho Doug Giddings  
Idaho Jerome Doug McFall  
Idaho Lewis Brian Brokop  
Idaho Madison Roy Klingler  
Idaho Nez Perce Joe Rodriguez  
Idaho Oneida J.P. Semrad Requested personally
Idaho Payette Chad Huff Emailed CSPOA Link
Idaho Shoshone Mitch Alexander  
Idaho Twin Falls Tom Carter CSPOA Member Link
Idaho Washington Matt Thomas  
Illinois Champaign Dan Walsh Link
Illinois Clark Jerry Parsley  
Illinois Clinton Mike Kreke Link
Illinois Crawford Todd W. Liston Signed Petition
Illinois DuPage John Zaruba Link
Illinois Edgar Edward Motley  
Illinois Ford Mark R. Doran Link
Illinois Iroquois Derek Hagen  
Illinois McLean Mike Emery  
Illinois St. Clair Richard Watson Signed Petition
Indiana Boone Ken Campbell  
Indiana Elkhart Bradley D. Rogers Signed Petition
Indiana Franklin Ken Murphy  
Indiana Hancock Michael Shepherd CSPOA member
Indiana Ripley Tom Grills  
Iowa Cedar Warren M. Wethington  
Kansas Harvey Walton Townsend CSPOA member
Kansas Johnson Frank Denning  
Kansas Linn Barry Walker CSPOA member
Kansas Sherman Burton Pianalto CSPOA member
Kansas Sumner Darren Chambers CSPOA member
Kentucky Bath John Snedegar  
Kentucky Boone Michael A. Helmig  
Kentucky Jackson Denny Peyman Link
Kentucky Kenton Chuck Korzenborn  
Kentucky Powell Scott F. Harrison  
Maryland Carroll Ken Tregoning  
Maryland Frederick Charles A. Jenkins  
Maryland Kent John Price Link
Maryland St. Mary's Timothy Cameron Video of hearings Link
Maryland Wicomico Mike Lewis Link
Michigan Barry Dar Leaf  
Michigan Benzie Ted Schendel Link
Michigan Kent Larry Stelma  
Michigan Menominee Kenny Marks CSPOA member Link
Michigan St. Joseph Bradley Balk  
Michigan Tuscola Leland Teschendorf  
Minnesota Anoka James Stuart Page 12 of newsletter
Minnesota Itasca Victor Williams Link
Minnesota Otter Tail Brian Schlueter  
Minnesota Pine Robin Cole Link
Minnesota Ramsey Matt Bostrom  
Minnesota Steams John Sanner  
Minnesota Yellow Medicine Bill Flaten  
Mississippi DeSoto Bill Rasco  
Mississippi Forrest Billy McGee  
Mississippi Monroe Cecil Cantrell  
Missouri Atchinson Dennis D. Martin Signed Petition
Missouri Barry Mick Epperly  
Missouri Barton Larry Mitchell Shaw Link
Missouri Bollinger Darin Shell Link
Missouri Boone Dwayne Carey Link
Missouri Butler Mark Dobbs  
Missouri Cape Girardeau John Jordan Link
Missouri Christian Joey Kyle  
Missouri Gasconade Randy Esphorst  
Missouri Henry J. Kent Oberkorm Link
Missouri Jasper Randee Kaiser  
Missouri Johnson Charles Heiss  
Missouri Lawrence Brad A. DeLay Link
Missouri Lincoln John Cottle Link
Missouri Livingston Steve Cox  
Missouri Marion Jimmy Shinn  
Missouri Mercer Stephen Stockman  
Missouri Oregon George R. Underwood  
Missouri Osage Michael Dixon  
Missouri Ralls Gerry Dinwiddie  
Missouri Shannon Steven R. Blunkall  
Missouri Texas James Sigman Link
Missouri Warren Kevin T. Harrison  
Montana Cascade Bob Edwards  
Montana Lake Jay Doyle  
Montana Lewis and Clark Leo Dutton  
Montana Musselshell Woodrow Weitzeil  
Montana Powell Scott F. Howard  
Montana Ravalli Chris Hoffman  
Montana Sanders Tom Rummel  
Montana Wibaux Darby Harrington  
Montana Yellowstone Mike Linder  
Nebraska Dakota Chris Kleinberg  
Nevada Churchill Benjamin D. Trotter CSPOA member
Nevada Humboldt Ed Kilgpore  
Nevada Nye Tony DeMeo  
New Hampshire Grafton Douglas R Dutile  
New Mexico Arriba Joe Mascarenas  
New Mexico Bernalillo Dan Houston  
New Mexico Catron Shawn Menges  
New Mexico Chaves Patrick R Jennings  
New Mexico Cibola Johnny Valdez  
New Mexico Colfax Jim Maldonado  
New Mexico De Baca Dennis A. Cleaver  
New Mexico Dona Ana Todd Garrison  
New Mexico Eddy Scott London  
New Mexico Grant Raul Holguin  
New Mexico Guadalupe Michael R Lucero  
New Mexico Harding Herman Martinez  
New Mexico Hidalgo Saturnino Madero  
New Mexico Lea Mark Hargrove  
New Mexico Lincoln Robert Sheppard  
New Mexico Los Alamos Marco Lucero  
New Mexico Luna Raymond Cobos  
New Mexico Otero Benny House  
New Mexico Quay Joe Schallert  
New Mexico Roosevelt Darren Hooker  
New Mexico San Juan Ken Christesen  
New Mexico San Miguel Benjie Vigil  
New Mexico Santa Fe Robert Garcia  
New Mexico Sierra Joe Baca  
New Mexico Socorro Phillip Montoya  
New Mexico Taos Miguel Romero Jr  
New Mexico Torrance Heath White  
New Mexico Union William Spriggs  
New Mexico Valencia Louis Burkhard  
New York Erie Timothy B. Howard  
New York Greene Greg Sealy Link
New York Otsego Richard Devlin Jr.  
New York Putnam Donald Smith  
New York Saratoga James D. Bowen Link
New York Schoharie Tony Desmond  
New York Steuben David Cole  
New York Suffolk Vincent DeMarco  
North Carolina Brunswick John Ingram Link
North Carolina Catawba Coy Reid  
North Carolina Cleveland Alan Norman  
North Carolina Craven Jerry G. Monette Signed Petition
North Carolina Franklin Jerry Jones  
North Carolina Harnett Larry Rollins  
North Carolina Henderson Charlie McDonald  
North Carolina Johnston Steve Bizzell Link
North Carolina Lee Tracy Carter  
North Carolina Rockingham Sam Page  
North Carolina Sampson Jimmy Thornton  
North Carolina Stokes Mike Marshall  
North Carolina Union Eddie Cathey  
North Carolina Wake Donnie Harrison  
North Carolina Wayne Carey Winders  
Ohio Allen Sam Crish  
Ohio Auglaize Al Solomon  
Ohio Fairfield Dave Phalen Link
Ohio Hancock Michael E. Heldman  
Ohio Mercer Jeff Grey  
Ohio Montgomery Phil Plummer Contacted via email
Ohio Preble Michael Simpson  
Ohio Richland J. Steve Sheldon  
Oklahoma Cleveland Joe Lester Link
Oklahoma Jackson Roger LeVick  
Oklahoma Major Steve Randolph  
Oklahoma McCurtain Johnny Tadlock  
Oklahoma Wagoner Bob 'Big Block' Colbert  
Oregon Baker Mitchell Southwick  
Oregon Coos Craig Zanni Link
Oregon Crook Jim Hensley  
Oregon Curry John Bishop  
Oregon Deschutes Larry Blanton  
Oregon Douglas John Hanlin  
Oregon Grant Glenn E. Palmer  
Oregon Jackson Mike Winters  
Oregon Josephine Gil Gilbertson  
Oregon Klamath Frank Skrah  
Oregon Linn Tim Mueller Link
Oregon Malheur Brian Wolfe  
Oregon Marion Jason Myers  
Oregon Multnomah Dan Staton  
Oregon Polk Bob Wolfe  
Oregon Union Boyd Rasmussen Link
Oregon Wallowa Steve Rogers  
Oregon Washington Pat Garrett  
Oregon Yamhill Jack Crabtree  
Pennsylvania Adams Jim Muller  
Pennsylvania Berks Eric J. Weaknecht  
Pennsylvania Bradford Clinton J. Walters  
Pennsylvania Butler Michael T. Slupe Link
Pennsylvania Cambria Bob Kolar Link
Pennsylvania Chester Carolyn 'Bunny' Welsh Statement Link
Pennsylvania Cumberland Ronny R. Anderson CSPOA member
Pennsylvania Elk Jeffrey C. Krieg  
Pennsylvania Juniata Tom Lyter Personal contact
Pennsylvania Juniata Tom Lyter Personal contact
Pennsylvania Lancaster Mark Reese Link
Pennsylvania Montour Ray C. Gerringer.pdf Link
Pennsylvania Pike Philip Bueki Link
Pennsylvania Venango Eric Foy CSPOA member
Pennsylvania Westmoreland Jonathan Held Link
South Carolina Abbeyville Ronnie Ashley  
South Carolina Berkeley Wayne DeWitt  
South Carolina Charleston Al Cannon Video Link
South Carolina Cherokee Steve Mueller Signed Petition
South Carolina Edgefield Adell Dobey  
South Carolina Kershaw Jim Matthews  
South Carolina Lexington James Metts  
South Carolina Pickens Rick Clark  
South Carolina Spartanburg Chuck Wright Link
South Carolina York Bruce Bryant  
Tennessee Bradley Jim Ruth  
Tennessee Dyer Jeff Box  
Tennessee Hamblen Esco R Jarnagin CSPOA Blog post
Tennessee Hamilton Jim Hammond  
Tennessee White Oddie Shoupe  
Texas Anderson Greg Taylor Link
Texas Angelina Greg Sanches Signed Petition
Texas Aransas Bill Mills Link
Texas Armstrong J.R. Walker Signed Petition
Texas Austin Jack Brandes  
Texas Blanco Robert Morgan Signed Petition
Texas Burnet W.T. Smith  
Texas Cherokee James Campbell Link
Texas Coke Wayne McCutchen Signed Petition
Texas Collin Terry Box Link
Texas Coryell Johnny Burks Signed Petition
Texas Cottle Rickey Lawrence Link Signed Petition
Texas Dallam Bruce Scott CSPOA member
Texas Edwards Pamela L. Elliott Signed Petition
Texas Ellis Johnny Brown  
Texas Fannin Dane Kirby  
Texas Fisher J.A. Robinson Signed Petition
Texas Foard Mike Brown Signed Petition
Texas Fort Bend Troy E. Nehls  
Texas Galveston Henry Trochesset  
Texas Grayson Keith Gary Letter Link
Texas Grimes Donald Sowell Link Signed Petition
Texas Guadalupe Arnold S. Zwicke Link
Texas Hardin Ed Cain CSPOA member
Texas Hartley Frank Scott CSPOA member Link
Texas Hill Michael Cox  
Texas Hockley R. C. Cheek Signed Petition
Texas Hopkins Butch Adams Signed Petition
Texas Hudspeth Arvin West  
Texas Hunt Randy Meeks Signed Petition
Texas Hutchinson Don L Johnson  
Texas Jasper Mitchell Newman Signed Petition
Texas Johnson Bob Alford  
Texas Kaufman David A Byrnes Link
Texas Liberty Bobby Rader Link
Texas Lipscomb James Robertson Link Signed Petition
Texas Live Oak Larry R. Bursby Signed Petition
Texas Loving Billy B. Hopper Signed Petition
Texas Mason Buster Nixon  
Texas McCulloch Earl Howell  
Texas McLennan Parnell McNamara  
Texas Mills Clint Hammonds  
Texas Montgomery Tommy Gage Link
Texas Moore J.E. 'Bo' DeArmond Signed Petition
Texas Motley Chris Spence Signed Petition
Texas Nacogdoches Jason Bridges Signed Petition
Texas Newton Edward L. Shannon Link
Texas Oldham David Medlin  
Texas Pecos Cliff Harris Signed Petition
Texas Potter Brian Thomas Signed Petition
Texas Randall Joel W. Richardson  
Texas Schleicher David R. Doran Signed Petition
Texas Shackelford Edward A. Miller Signed Petition
Texas Smith Larry Smith  
Texas Swisher Cody Grubb Signed Petition
Texas Taylor Ricky Bishop Link
Texas Titus Tim Ingram Signed Petition
Texas Waller R. Glenn Smith  
Texas Wichita David Duke Signed Petition
Utah Beaver Cameron M. Noel Link
Utah Box Elder Joseph Yeates Link
Utah Cache G. Lynn Nelson Link
Utah Carbon James Cordova Link
Utah Daggett Jerry Jorgensen Link
Utah Davis Todd Richardson Link
Utah Duchesne Travis Mitchell Link
Utah Emery Greg Funk Link
Utah Garfield James D. Perkins Link
Utah Grand Steven White Link
Utah Iron Mark Gower Link
Utah Juab Alden Orme Link
Utah Kane Lamont Smith Link
Utah Millard Robert Dekker Link
Utah Morgan Blaine Breshears Link
Utah Puite Marty Gleave Link
Utah Rich Dale Stacey Link
Utah San Juan Rick Eldredge Link
Utah Sanpete Brian Nielson Link
Utah Sevier Nathan Curtis Link
Utah Summit David Edmunds Link
Utah Tooele Frank Park Link
Utah Uintah Jeff Merrell Link
Utah Utah James Tracy Link
Utah Wasatch Todd Bonner Link
Utah Washington Cory Pulsipher Link
Utah Wayne Kurt Taylor Link
Utah Weber Terry Thompson Link
Virginia Williamsburg-James City Robert J. Deeds Link
Washington Asotin Ken Bancroft  
Washington Douglas Harvey Gjesdal Link
Washington Grant Tom Jones Link
Washington Klickitat Rick McComas Link
Washington Lincoln Wade W. Magers Link
Washington Pend Oreille Alan Botzheim Link
Washington Skamania Dave Brown  
Washington Whitman Brett Myers  
Washington Yakima Ken Irwin Link
West Virginia Boone William "Randall" White Link
West Virginia Hardy Bryan Ward Link
West Virginia Logan Sonya M. Dingess Porter Link
West Virginia Raleigh Steve Tanner Link
West Virginia Roane Mike Harper Link
West Virginia Wood Ken Merritt Link
Wisconsin Florence Jeff Rickaby Personal Request Link
Wisconsin Milwaukee David Clarke Link
Wisconsin Washington Dale K. Schmidt Link


Updated 04/14/2013

State County or City Office Name Reason for Listing
Pennsylvania Gilberton, Schuylkill Police Chief Mark Kessler Link
Pennsylvania Northumberland Constable Ed Quiggle, Jr. Link

How NOT To Get On The List

We used to have a list down here of lame sheriffs who are declining to defend the rights of their people, seemingly not realizing what is at stake or trusting the feds to be the only source of truth. Richard Mack has started calling this our Red Coat List. This list has now grown to include not just sheriffs and associations with cowardly stances, but also those who are openly attacking the good men and women who are standing firm. We’re moving this list to another page: The Red Coat List


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