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Sheriff Says He’ll Point Guns at Lawful Citizens Carrying a Gun – ‘or WORSE’

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – While testifying against a gun rights bill on Thursday, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri threatened to throw law-abiding citizens carrying a firearm “on the ground with a gun pointed at them — or worse!”

Gualtieri continued to state that if a good citizen who happened to be concealed carrying were to walk into a bank during an armed robbery, “he’s going to take one in the chest because he’s a threat.”

“It’s not good for Florida, it’s not good for the economy, it’s not good for tourism,” explained Gualtieri, as he continually referenced lawful citizens carrying a firearm for self defense.

Sheriff Gualtieri has a staunch reputation for being extremely anti-gun. According to the Gun Writer:

In May of 2013, he vowed to start enforcing a little-used county ordinance that requires background checks at local gun shows for all private sales. The county ordinance gathered dust since it was enacted in 1998. Violators faced misdemeanor charges. After garnering a few headlines, the plan fizzled. Gun shows were held without any problems. No arrests were ever made.

A year later he called the Firearms Mandatory Evacuation bill — which is now law — “crazy” and “absurd,” saying it would allow people to carry concealed firearms into a riot, rather than when they’re fleeing their homes.

Finding it very hard to believe that an elected sheriff could ever say such atrocities about law-abiding citizens, I personally contacted the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office, Media Relations division. Cecelia in PR told me that the sheriff was testifying against a gun rights bill in Tallahassee, and his quotes were taken “out of context.”

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  1. Marsha Bradford
    February 17, 2016

    Hmm, thatr’s a lot to be taken out of context!! Hope he’s held accountable at the polls, come re-election!! He sounds like a libron!!

  2. Bill McManus
    February 17, 2016


  3. Bob Howell
    February 17, 2016

    This guy needs to be fired. Basically he is making a threat to all people who possess a legal concealed carry permit. Last I knew it was illegal to threaten people.

  4. claude heck
    February 18, 2016

    he should be taken out of offfice, don’t know the law . then when called on it , taken out of context, yea the text you said.

  5. Farmer John
    February 18, 2016

    This elected Sheriff should be recalled or at the very least not reelected. It is unfortunate for him that he looks like a total dweeb. I have empathy for the deputies that work for that Department. It would be interesting for a reporter to do a story about the moral and turnover within the Dept.

  6. gerry wolff
    February 18, 2016

    Since I assume that he is not always in uniform, and probably carries concealed when in plain clothes, I guess a frightened citizen could put a couple into his chest and not face prosecution???

  7. Tony Pellinghelli
    February 18, 2016

    …Heyyyy POS,…phuKKK YOU !!

  8. kanye west
    February 18, 2016

    sounds like he cannot handle his job,he should resign.

  9. Doug
    February 18, 2016

    Does he then have to give up his gun?

  10. February 19, 2016

    Get rid of this jerk. He obviously considers himself to be above the 2nd Amendment.

  11. Sherri
    March 13, 2016

    So when can he be voted out of office?

  12. larry nicholas
    March 14, 2016

    while i support an officers right to exercise do diligence to safely and appropriately disarm the citizen during his interaction with the holder of a concealed carry gun permitted person. i think this man should probably not be wearing a badge or gun at all. i would remind him that the right to bare arms is the law and he is paid to uphold the law. and that law was put in place in case the government became abusive and that includes rouge police officers. 98% of officers are good well intended people putting their lives on the line for the public safety, with crappy hours and little thanks. but they are people and as such there are most likely a few bad ones just as there are among any group of people. and that right to bare arms is to protect from those few on rare an engrievous occasions that warrant the need to protect ones self or family against those few that give the rest a bad name. same goes for that rare occasion when a person must defend against criminals with ill intentions. that is the purpose of the right to bare arms and its a basic right guaranteed in the constitution, so important to our founding fathers it was the 2nd thing they put down. and this sherriff needs to think about that. its the law and his paid job is to uphold the law and protect and serve the people in his district. its not his right to re-envent re-inturpet or subvert the law.if you cant handle it turn in your badge and gun.

  13. Tom
    March 14, 2016

    this is why i will never spend a vacation or recreation dollar in this state……. after 30 years as a cop, he is the epitome of a lot of command staff that made me glad to leave—what a goober….

  14. Terry Looney
    March 20, 2016

    Well Sheriff I believe in giving my full support to police. However if I am doing nothing illegal and you put your hands on my or point weapon at me I will defend myself accordingly. To include the use of deadly force.

  15. Sgt Joe
    March 20, 2016

    Just another elected pussy wanting to force is own views on the populace instead of just enforcing the law. If you dont like the laws, then dont run for a Law Enforcement position where you have to recognize them. This shit has got to stop, laws are laws for a reason, you dont get to pick and chose what you like and dont like…

  16. Lee Welter
    March 20, 2016

    Would such an apparently demented person disarm his police or sheriff’s department? Is it those such as he who are responsible for “friendly fire” deaths?

  17. March 21, 2016

    That is, without a doubt the STUPIDEST thing I have ever heard a LEO say! Your job is to uphold the LAW!!! You do NOT pick and choose which laws you will enforce, and which one you won’t!! When you threaten citizens with death, for a completely lawful action, YOU become a criminal! As an elected official, you can kiss that badge goodbye! Probably a good thing you’re FAR away from here, because it you make terrorist threats to ANY ONE of my fellow Veterans, you will find YOURSELF looking at that weapon from the business end! We live in a Constitutional Republic, not some third-world shit hole, at LEAST not yet!! Do yourself a BIG favor, and turn in your gun and badge, and get the hell out of Dodge, while you still can!! You, sir, are a pathetic reminder of ALL that is wrong with this country, and you DISGRACE that uniform……

  18. Paladin
    March 31, 2016

    As a retired deputy sheriff with the County of Los Angeles, I am appalled at this Sheriff’s statements. As a deputy sheriff I swore an oath to abide by, uphold and defend this Country’s Constitution and its Bill of Rights. This sheriff is a disgrace to both of the fore mentioned. This fool is a text book reason as to why we have the Constitution and Bill of Rights that we have.