Gilchrist County Sheriff speaks out about 2nd amendment

TRENTON, Fla. (WCJB) The right to bear arms.

A touchy subject for some, but one sheriff is letting his voice be heard.
"I'm a big supporter of the Second Amendment and those people who want to bear arms. I understand there's people on opposing sides of this and I understand that. That's we live in the greatest country in the world. There's certain freedoms and constitutional rights,” said Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert "Bobby” Schultz.

Sheriff Schultz Took to Facebook to reach out to his community over the weekend.

He says it is important for them to protect themselves from drug-related violence.

"We've had a couple instances where homeowners have had to arm themselves and protect themselves. And without question, it is my belief that if they weren't armed, it would have resulted in serious harm to themselves if not death,” said Schultz.

The sheriff says he is on a mission to educate Gilchrist County on concealed weapons by offering classes at this training facility.

"Being in the area we live in, rural country ,somebody's had a firearm in their hand one time or another. but there are those exceptions where somebody comes and they went and bought a weapon just to take this class and they've never shot before,” said FDLE Certified Concealed Carry Instructor Deputy Michael Simpson

The sheriff's office also partners with D.A.R.E, to teach kids how to stay safe and away from drugs.

"I want them to make sure they have the skills and the necessary information and knowledge so that they are to be able to resist not just in Gilchrist County,” said Deputy David Alderholt, who is a School Resource Officer.

"It's more than just enforcing the law with me and the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office, it's more about helping because we will make this place as safe as possible."

By cracking down on narcotics one step at a time.