Sheriff Seabolt says he won’t confiscate guns without a warrant amid calls to regulate firearms

Sheriff Seabolt says he won't confiscate guns without a warrant amid calls to regulate firearms

Randolph County Sheriff Greg Seabolt said he won’t enforce warrantless gun confiscation that has been legalized by the courts. The community caretaking exception to a warrant means if officers are performing a community caretaking duty, such as helping someone in medical distress, they can seize evidence without a warrant. This only applies to when law enforcement is performing non-investigative functions. Seabolt said that he thinks this measure is a way to take guns from law-abiding citizens, and he won’t enforce it in Randolph County, calling it "legal gymnastics to make one’s Second or Fourth Amendment rights moot." This comes after President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders have expressed support for an assault weapons ban and increased background checks — measures that many Republicans feel would inhibit Second Amendment rights. "Sheriff Seabolt and the Board of County Commissioners are outraged by this ongoing threat to our most fundamental and basic rights, to bear arms and be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and are prepared to stand firm in the face of opposition and popular culture to protect the rights of Randolph County citizens," the sheriff’s office wrote in a news release. Want to read more about what’s happening in Randolph County? Subscribe to The Courier-Tribune and support local journalism. — Breaking news reporter Rachel Berry can be reached at rberry@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @racheldberry.

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