Johnson County sheriff is highly critical of gun control proposals

Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning says having more responsible people in possession of firearms is a better way to prevent mass shootings than more gun control laws.

In a message posted Friday on the sheriff’s office website, Denning likened gun control to “unilateral personal disarmament” and said the Founding Fathers were spinning in their graves at the idea of politicians imposing restrictions on law-abiding citizens.

Denning, who has held the elective post of sheriff for more than 11 years, said the Obama administration’s proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity clips would not have prevented the shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn.

“As Sheriff, I will never support, nor advocate for, ANY legislation at ANY level (local, state or federal) that would restrict the legal possession or ownership of any type of firearm (or high-capacity magazine) by lawful, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens of Johnson County, Kansas and of the United States of America,” Denning wrote.