“Be prepared… be legally armed,” Oklahoma sheriff encourages citizens to ‘stand ready’

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LOGAN COUNTY, Okla. – Many law enforcement agencies around the country are asking qualified citizens to get their concealed carry license.

Now, another Oklahoma sheriff has joined the mix.

Earlier this month,  Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney posted a message to Facebook, encouraging citizens to arm themselves.

“As your Sheriff, I encourage all who are LEGALLY, ELIGIBLE, and TRAINED to carry concealed weapons to do so. I do not want any of us to be helpless victims if we should fall under attack,” the post read, in part.

On Friday, Sheriff Jim Bauman, with the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, posted a similar notice to all citizens in the county.

“Recent events in San Bernardino have shown that there are no areas that are off limits to our enemies who would harm you or members of your family.

We must not panic, but we must take measures to increase our vigilance and security. Those who are considering obtaining their Carrying Concealed license or who wants more information about it, we encourage you to come speak with us and we will answer questions or explain the process. We support your 2nd Amendment right to protect yourself and others. I would encourage education and training for firearm and self-defense.

However, being armed is not enough. You must become proficient with your weapon and maintain that proficiency. I hope there is never a time you are called upon to defend yourself or others around you, but if the need arises you must be prepared. My deputies as well as officers across this great country stand ready to defend you and your loved ones, but our enemies are often unknown.

I urge each and every one of you to encourage your family members, no matter the age, to be alert in your neighborhoods, workplaces, schools and any public setting. Every officer will tell you that you need  to report ANY suspicious activity. In today’s world, your observations, no matter how seemingly insignificant, may be the key to saving lives. With your help, law enforcement has thousands of eyes and ears to help detect the enemy.

Have a plan when in public. This goes for adults, young adults and children.

  • Look for unusual behavior, people at events wearing too much clothing, suspicious or unattended packages and strange devices. Alert law enforcement or security immediately.

  • Know where emergency exits are located in buildings or public areas you are visiting. Plan how to get out if an attack occurs.

  • Visit the Logan County Website or the Sheriff’s Office to begin the process of legally arming yourself. We process applications Monday thru Thursday, 8:30- 11:00 and 12:00-3:00

  • Be vigilant… be prepared… be legally armed. Beware and be ready.

  • May God bless you and your family. To the Citizens of Logan County.”