Midland County Sheriff Delivers Tough Words Regarding Gun Control

Midland County Sheriff Delivers Tough Words Regarding Gun Control

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY - Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter delivered some tough words on Thursday on gun control.

Speaking at a forum, the Sheriff told the audience, under Texas Law a sheriff is not the chief law enforcement officer in the county.

He recently asked two West Texas lawmakers to change the state constitution to fix that.

The reason is he doesn't want federal officers coming in doing something he thinks is unconstitutional under state law.

The sheriff also has some strong feelings about executive orders and confiscating guns.

"If there was an order, an executive order from the President of the United States to come down to pick up people's guns, go from house to house and pick up people's guns, would you do it? I will not. Number one, I don't think executive orders are constitutional and number two, there's going to be one hell of a fight if they come to try and take the guns out of my house and I'm not going to come after you," Painter said.

Sheriff Painter also talked about the problem of mental patients being held in the county jails.

It's a problem all over the state.

He is supporting a state bill that would provide help to take care of those inmates.