Stroudsburg, Monroe County - In recent weeks, there has been a lot of heated debate about guns. Legislators have proposed bans on some guns. Some people worry that type of action could lead to an eventual ban on all guns. But many police officers say they won't let that happen.
Stroud Area Regional Police Sergeant James Wielgus is concerned about the Constitution and he's prepared to defend it, even if it costs him his job. He said, "If an order came down that would violate the Constitution for me to confiscate the firearms of lawful citizens who committed no crimes, I have no problem with facing discipline up to and being fired."
Wielgus spoke to Eyewitness News as an individual, not as a representative of his department. He discussed a letter he wrote to "American Cop Magazine." The magazine asked police officers what they would do if the Government tried to disarm Americans. Police overwhelmingly responded that they would not enforce a law to take all guns from people. Wielgus was one of them. He explained, "The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It entails all of the rights under the Bill of Rights of all the American citizens. It has precedence over any of the subordinate laws formed by the states or local municipalities."
He has reviewed President Obama's recent Executive Orders about gun control. At this point he does not believe they are unconstitutional. He added, "The devil is in the details of how those are executed."
Wielgus said he is confident the government will not try to completely disarm the public. He noted, "I think that is really extreme because you're not going to see an order come down like that."
But he will be watching and willing to satnd up for what he believes in if the government becomes extreme.