Paul VanBlarcum isn't the only sheriff in New York who is urging licensed gun owners to arm themselves. Sheriff's across the Empire state are standing behind him.

The Ulster County Sheriff made national headline after posting an appeal on Facebook, urging "citizens of Ulster County who are licensed to carry a firearm to PLEASE DO SO." Despite backlash from concerned citizens, several others New York Sheriff's are supporting VanBlarcum, adding their names to I Stand with Sheriff VanBlarcum, a new Facebook page that already has over 2500 likes.

Supporting Sherrif's

Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey
Lewis County NY Sheriff Mike Carpinelli
Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith
Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff
Orange County NY Sheriff Carl DuBois
Washington County NY Sheriff Jeff Murphy

I Stand With Sheriff VanBlarcum
I Stand With Sheriff VanBlarcum

Sheriff VanBlarcum's original post:


In light of recent events that have occurred in the United States and around the world I want to encourage citizens of Ulster County who are licensed to carry a firearm to PLEASE DO SO.

I urge you to responsibly take advantage of your legal right to carry a firearm. To ensure the safety of yourself and others, make sure you are comfortable and proficient with your weapon, and knowledgeable of the laws in New York State with regards to carrying a weapon and when it is legal to use it.

I also want to remind all Police/Peace Officers both active duty and retired to please carry a weapon whenever you leave your house. We are the thin blue line that is entrusted in keeping this country safe, and we must be prepared to act at any given moment.

Which side are you on? Carry or not carry.

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