ROCKFORD — Winnebago County Sheriff Dick Meyers lent his considerable support to the county’s concealed carry debate.
Meyers was the last of 30 speakers to take the podium, and he received a standing ovation for his efforts.
"Let me get it out of the way," he told the crowd. "I do not have a problem with concealed carry."
He said that "20 years ago, I would have told you different," but "we’re at a point where we don’t have a choice."
"I just think that this is what’s coming, and from a public safety standpoint, it’s the right thing to do."
Although the sheriff was the most well-known of the pro-resolution crowd, several others took the podium in support of the resolution. Of the 30 speakers, only two came out against the proposal.
Story here. In general, Sheriffs (who are elected) tend to be more responsive and supportive of citizens' right to keep and bear arms than unelected police chiefs.