Top Cops Opposing Concealed Carry — Did yours make the list?

By Dave Dolbee published on in Concealed Carry, General

Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, Constable, or Commissioner — It really does not matter what you call them, they are still the top cop within the department and answerable to the citizenry. In some jurisdictions, the Chief of Police or Sheriff has a significant amount of input or the final determination of whether or not an individual can obtain a concealed carry permit or class III weapon. Although most of would agree this is already a right under the Second Amendment, it is the situation we currently live under.

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During a recent meeting of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, more than a few of these bureaucrats showed their true colors when they signed on to a letter which expressed their opposition to H.R. 38/S. 446 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. The letter was adopted by 473 officials across the nation.

As the NRA-ILA correctly pointed out:

The list of supporters includes officials from states that either already recognize the permits of all other states or do not require a permit to exercise the Right-to-Carry. As out of state permit holders are already allowed to carry within these states, the officials’ actions only serve to curtail the rights of their residents.

In short, the following officials have abandoned their constituents in order to curry favor from out-of-state political interests:

Sheriff Samuel Cochran, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Mobile, AL

Chief of Police David E. Barbour, Dadeville Police Department, Dadeville, AL

Chief Edward C Randle, Brinkley Police Dept, Brinkley, AR

Chief Leo Dale Teague, Central City Police Dept., Central City, AR

SACOP Executive Director Gary Sipes, Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police, North Little Rock, AR

Chief of Police – Retired Danny E. Bradley, North Little Rock Police Department, North Little Rock, AR

Chief Steve Tosh, NWACC Police, Bentonville, AR

Chief of Police Jim Kuchenbecker, Bull Shoals Police Department, Bull Shoals, AR

Chief of Police James A Tucker Jr, De Witt Police Department, De Witt, AR

Chief of Police Paul Woodruff, Harrison Police Department, Harrison, AR

Chief of Police Jesse Martinez, Little Flock Police Department, Little Flock, AR

Captain Phillip Faulkner, Paragould Police Department, Paragould, AR

Chief of Police Sean Duggan, Chandler Police Department, Chandler, AZ

Chief of Police Frank Balkcom Sr, Page Police Department, Page, AZ

Chief of Police Larry D Scarber, Snowflake-Taylor Police Department, Snowflake, AZ

Chief of Police Chris Magnus, Tucson Police Department, Tucson, AZ

Retired Chief of Police/ President Ness & Associates James J. Ness, Ph.D., Ness & Associates, Mesa, AZ

Police Chief Jeri L Williams, Phoenix Police Department, Phoenix, AZ

Chief of Police David Porter, DeWitt Police Department, DeWitt, IA

Chief of Police Shane Kron, Coralville Police Department, Coralville, IA

Police Chief Daniel R Losada, Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville, IA

Chief of Police Shiloh B. Mork, Webster City Police Department, Webster City, IA

Chief of Police Michael Diekhoff, Bloomington, IN Police Department, Bloomington, IN

Chief of Police Rob Wiley, Kendallville Police Department, Kendallville, IN

Chief of Police James A. Kveton, St. John, IN Police Department, St. John, IN

Chief of Police Scott Ruszkowski, South Bend Police Department, South Bend, IN

Chief of Police Michael J. Inlow, Meade Police Department, Meade, KS

Chief of Police Dennis P. Butler, Ottawa Police Department, Ottawa, KS

Chief of Police (ret) Senior Police Advisor Bryan Carter, Covington(Ret) Engility(ICITAP), Covington, KY

Chief of Police Phillip Crowell, Jr., Auburn Police Department, Auburn, ME

Sheriff Joel A. Merry, Sagadahoc County, Bath, ME

Chief of Police Richard Stillman, Bridgton Police Department, Bridgton, ME

Chief of Police David B Randall, Calais Police Department, Calais, ME

Chief of Police Michael W. Gahagan, Caribou Police Department, Caribou, ME

Chief of Police James M. Toman, Gardiner Police Department, Gardiner, ME

Chief James Soucy, Kittery Police Department, Kittery, ME

Chief of Police Michael J. Sauschuck, Portland Police Department, Portland, ME

Sheriff Kevin J. Joyce, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Portland, ME

Chief of Police Bruce Boucher, Rockland Police Department, Rockland, ME

Chief of Police Richard H. LaHaye Jr., Searsport Police Department, Searsport, ME

Chief of Police Edward J. Googins, South Portland Police, South Portland, ME

Chief of Police Janine Roberts, Westbrook Police Department, Westbrook, ME

Former Ofc. Andrew Michaelson, Portland Police Department, Portland, ME

Sheriff Richard C. Fuller III, Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office, Kalamazoo, MI

Chief of Police Steven Harper, Wayland Police Department, Wayland, MI

Chief of Police David Starbuck, Grain Valley Police Department, Grain Valley, MO

Commissioner/Chief John W. Hayden, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, St. Louis, MO

Police Chief Timothy John Lowery, Florissant Mo. Police Department, Florissant, MO

Chief Paul F. Williams, Springfield Police Department, Springfield, MO

Police Chief Bernette Morris, Morhead City Police Department, Morehead City, NC

Chief of Police and Executive Director for Community Safety Christopher C. Blue, Chapel Hill Police Department, Chapel Hill, NC

Chief of Police Monroe Wagoner, Elkin Police Department, Elkin, NC

Chief of Police Gina Hawkins, Fayetteville Police Department, Fayetteville, NC

Chief of Police Jeff Prichard, Graham Police, Graham, NC

Chief Wallace W. Layne, Holden Beach Police, Holden Beach, NC

Chief of Police Timothy R. Summers, Kernersville Police Department, Kernersville, NC

Chief of Police Joel Johnson, Kitty Hawk Police Department, Kitty Hawk, NC

Chief of Police Allen Lawrence, Marion Police Department, Marion, NC

Chief of Police Tim Ledford, Mint Hill Police Department, Mint Hill, NC

Chief of Police James Wilson, Norwood Police Department, Norwood, NC

Chief of Police Ryan James Thompson, Pine Knoll Shores Police Department, Pine Knoll Shores, NC

Chief of Police Robert Hassell, Reidsville Police Department, Reidsville, NC

Chief of Police Kenneth J. Klamar, Sunset Beach Police, Sunset Beach, NC

Chief Daniel Wilcox, Cape Fear Community College PD, Wilmington, NC

Chief of Police Timothy J. Wenzel, Aberdeen Police Department, Aberdeen, NC

Chief of Police John Letteney, Apex Police Department, Apex, NC

Chief of Police Paul D. Burdette Jr., Beaufort Police Department, Beaufort, NC

Chief of Police John Phillip Harris, Jr., City of Brevard Police Department, Brevard, NC

Chief of Police Walter Horton, Carrboro Police Department, Carrboro, NC

Chief of Police James A. Reese, Emerald Isle Police Department, Emerald Isle, NC

Chief of Police Laura Fahnestock, Fuquay-Varina Police Department, Fuquay-Varina, NC

Chief of Police Ronald L Matthews, Garland Police Department, Garland, NC

Chief of Police Brandon Zuidema, Garner PD, Garner, NC

Chief of Police Michael Andrew Winters, Long View Police Department, Long View, NC

Chief of Police Erik S. McGinnis, Misenheimer Police Dept., Misenheimer, NC

Chief of Police David Ng, WakeMed Campus Police and Public Safety, Raleigh, NC

Police Chief C.T. Hasty Jr, Roanoke Rapids Police Department, Roanoke Rapids, NC

Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety Patricia D. Norris, Winston-Salem State University Police, Winston-Salem, NC

Chief of Police John J. Ruppe, Woodland Police Department, Woodland, NC

Chief of Police Jeff Harvet, Atlantic Beach police, Atlantic Beach, NC

Chief of Police Farron Gray Jester, Boonville Police Department, Boonville, NC

Chief of Police David L. Kurz, Durham Police Department, Durham, NH

Executive Officer/ Captain Kerry P. Steckowych, Esquire, Goffstown Police Department, Goffstown, NH

Chief of Police Andrew Shagoury, Tuftonboro Police Department, Center Tuftonboro, NH

Chief of Police William Oswalt, Jaffrey Police Department, Jaffrey, NH

President Chief Andrew Shagoury, New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police, Tuftonboro, NH

Sergeant Shannon L. Cotton, Franklin Police Dept, Franklin, OH

Chief of Police Neil R. Ferdelman, Greenhills OH Police Department, Greenhills, OH

Chief Joseph Kucirek, Amherst Police Department, Amherst, OH

Sergeant Jacob P Perez, Amherst PD, Amherst, OH

Patrolman / SRO Eric Layfield, Amherst Police Department, Amherst, OH

Detective Zac Horning, Amherst Police Department, Amherst, OH

Patrolman / SRO Eric Layfield, Amherst Police Department, Amherst, OH

Sergeant Randolph C. Daley, Cleveland Police Dept., Cleveland, OH

Chief Of Police Retired Bobbie Hillard, Village Of Minerva Park, Columbus, OH

Police Deputy Chief Gary Dunlap, Columbus Police Department, Columbus, OH

Chief of Police Jack Davis, Cuyahoga Falls Police, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Director of Public Safety & Chief of Police John H. Huber, Sinclair Community College Police Department, Dayton, OH

Director & Chief of Police Richard S. Biehl, Dayton Police Department, Dayton, OH

Chief of Police Jeffrey Harrison, Elmore Police Department, Elmore, OH

Chief of Police Paul R. Whitaker, Gibsonburg Police Department, Gibsonburg, OH

Chief of Police James E. Gulker, Village of Kalida Police Department, Kalida, OH

Chief of Police Kevin J. Martin, Lima Police Department, Lima, OH

Assistant Police Chief Greg Vonden Benken, Montgomery Police Dept, Montgomery, OH

Chief of Police Timothy N. Livengood, Pioneer Police Department, Pioneer, OH

Chief Michael Salloum, Seven Hills Police Department, Seven Hills, OH

Chief of Police Cameron Dailey, Utica Police Department, Utica, OH

Chief of Police Keith C. Torbet, CLEE, Wauseon Police Department, Wauseon, OH

Detective Brian Anders, Cuyahoga Falls Police Department, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Lieutenant Patricia Wain, Streetsboro Police Department, Streetsboro, OH

Detective Sergeant Michael L. Murphy Jr, Amherst Police Department, Amherst, OH

Commissioner of Police Randy Wesley, Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police, Ada, OK

Chief of Police Earl Palmer Shirley, Bixby Police Department, Bixby, OK

Chief of Police Marc Coulon, Ashland City PD, Ashland City, TN

Chief of Police David Roddy, Chattanooga Police Department, Chattanooga, TN

Chief of Police Samuel R. Livingston, Hohenwald Police Department, Hohenwald, TN

Chief of Police David B. Rausch, Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville, TN

Chief of Police Joseph Michael “Mike” Walker, La Vergne Police Department, La Vergne, TN

Chief Of Police/Assistant Vice President William David Griswold, Nashville International Airport Police, Nashville, TN

Chief of Police Don Myers, Sevierville Police Department, Sevierville, TN

Chief of Police Perry Barfield, Union City Police Department, Union City, TN

Chief of Police Chris Russell, Alexandria Police Department, Alexandria, TN

Chief of Police Felix Vess, Chattanooga Housing Authority Police Department, Chattanooga, TN

Lieutenant Brent A. Hatcher, LaVergne Police Department, LaVergne, TN

Deputy Chief Kenneth Ray, Ashland City P D, Ashland City, TN

Chief Mark Gibson, Cleveland Police Department, Cleveland, TN

Chief of Police Rick Scarbrough, Clinton Police Dept, Clinton, TN

Chief of Police Chris L.Sneed, Dayton Police Dept., Dayton, TN

Police Psychologist Terrell McDaniel, Institute for Forensic Psychology – Tennessee Office, Hendersonville, TN

Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers, Huntingdon Police Department, Huntingdon, TN

Chief of Police Terrell Coyce Beecham, Lawrenceburg Police, Lawrenceburg, TN

Director of Police Services/Public Safety L. Angela Webb, Southwest TN, Community College Police Department, Memphis, TN

Colonel Tracy G. Trott, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Nashville, TN

Chief Kenneth Morgan, Oliver Springs Police Department, Oliver Springs, TN

Chief of Police Charles Elizondo, Paris Police Department, Paris, TN

Chief of Police John David Webb, Somerville Police Department, Somerville, TN

Chief George Smith, Camden Police Dept., Camden, TN

Chief of Police Don Teal, Martin Police Dept., Martin, TN

Chief of Police Trent Anderson, Helper City Police Department, Helper, UT

Chief Kevin Drolc, Price City Police, Price, UT

Chief Steve Adams, Spanish Fork, Spanish Fork, UT

Chief of Police Tom Ross, Bountiful Police Department, Bountiful City, UT

Chief Daniel D. Benson, Brian Head Marshal’s Office, Brian Head, UT

Chief of Police Darin Adams, Cedar City Police Department, Cedar City, UT

Police Chief Greg Krusi, Clearfield Police Department, Clearfield City, UT

Chief of Police Wade K. Carpenter, Park City Police, Park City, UT

Chief Richard Ferguson, Provo Police, Provo, UT

Police Chief Scott Brenkman, Riverdale Police Department, Riverdale, UT

Chief Dylan Rooks, Vernal Police Department, Vernal, UT

Chief Jim Keith, Washington City PD, Washington, UT

Chief of Police Jean Loveland, Willard City Police Department, Willard, UT

Chief of Police Paul Child, Centerville Police, Centerville, UT

Chief of Police Kevin Thacker, Kevin Thacker, Sandy, UT

Chief of Police Todd Hixson, West Bountiful Police Department, West Bountiful, UT

Chief Of Police Anthony Q Ellington Sr, Farmville Police Department, Farmville, VA

Chief of Police Gary Benedict, Jr., Town of Middletown Police Dept., Middletown, VA

Chief Kenneth A. Miller, Petersburg Bureau of Police, Petersburg, VA

Chief of Police Todd Foreman, Bedford Police Department, Bedford, VA

Chief Robert D. Plott, Colonial Beach Police Department, Colonial Beach, VA

Sheriff Stacey Ann Kincaid, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, Fairfax, VA

Chief of Police Mary Gavin, Falls Church, Falls Church, VA

Police Chief Michael Grinstead, Newport News Police Department, Newport News, VA

Chief of Police Kenneth A. Miller, Petersburg Bureau of Police, Petersburg, VA

Chief of Police Alfred Durham, Richmond Police Department, Richmond, VA

Lieutenant Roger D. Knott, Harrisonburg City Police, Harrisonburg, VA

Chief Gregory C. Brown, Leesburg Police Department (VA), Leesburg, VA

Chief of Police Brandon del Pozo, Burlington Police Department, Burlington, VT

Chief /Director Lianne M. Tuomey, University of Vermont Police, Burlington, VT

Did your town or county’s top cop make the list? Do you know the position of your chief law enforcement officer regarding concealed carry? Share your answers or opinions in the comment section.

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Comments (51)

  • Jon Law

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    The Top Cops, for the most part, quit being Law Enforcement Officers and became Politicians long ago. They do what it takes to keep their jobs and appease the local politicians. They go where the current wind blows.

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  • Jack in MS

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    I’m a pleasantly surprised that MS has no one on the list. There was a time when I heard comments from some police acquaintances who had been fed the koolaid, that there would be a rash of impulse shootings arising from concealed carry. Of course spontaneous shootings never developed. What I am very disappointed to see is how many reported from UT. I always believed that UT. was anti big government. Instead embracing a fierce sense of independence and self reliance. I was planning to move there. Now, probably not.

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  • D

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    For all those who believe that this is a comprehensive list, it is NOT. It’s merely a letter signed at the “International Police Chiefs” convention. Some states may not have even been represented and it’s quite likely that the views of the group are skewed, depending on the public position of the organization. It’s also worthy to note that while the “cheif” signed he probably holds a view opposite most of his street cops. It’s also worth a mention that some on the list are “retired” “officer” ect. meaning anyone there could sign. I don’t know what the attendance numbers were but this seems like a very small percentage of attendees.

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  • Danny P

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    Kalida, Ohio… 😥

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  • G

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    Am I seeing this right …Illinois is NOT on the list??? LOL, thats a big surprise … Illinois just went up a notch in my book, that puts them at a number 1. I think if you are ok to carry in one state then you should be good to carry in all states, plain and simple. It is not like we have freedom of speech only in some states and not in others. .

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    • Illanoyed

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      There’s a significant effort in IL to prevent national CC on the basis that folks in many other states receive far less training to get their state CCL, and the national law is currently written to the lowest common denominator of training. MDA/Anytown and other GC groups developing national scale are pushing this narrative.

      IL citizens must acquire a FOID (firearms owner ID that requires a background check) before acquiring weapons or ammo, and must complete a 16 hr concealed carry class and basic certification before acquiring the CC license.

      The opposition argues that folks from other states with less requirements and training may be less safe than IL citizens when carrying in IL.

      I’m not agreeing, – just stating. It’s not clear whether the state might try for some laws ahead of the national decision. We do have some locales who have set in pistol and SA rifle “bans” that have held up to legal challenge.

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    • G

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      Yep … i live in hellinois … fully aware of the current laws. It makes no sence.

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    • ILLANOYED

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      Don’t read absence as an affirmative on national CC in Illinois. The prevailing political view in our most progressive (and highly populated) areas is decidedly negative. There’s a move by gun control groups to invalidate or in some way neutralize national cc at the state level, and to pressure our national legislators to kill it.

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  • Doug

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    IL- Chicago PC has stated he’s against. So has NYC and Newark NJ but I don’t see any of these states represented on this list.

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  • Donald Szczesny

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    I’m in TEXAS, it’s nice to see there are no Texas cops signing on to this.
    However your first sentence is not totally accurate. The only top cops answerable to the citizens are those that are elected to office, usually county officials like sheriff’s and constables.
    Police chiefs, commissioners, superintendants (municiple boss’s) are appointed by mayors. So they do and say what the mayors tell them to do and say, just like a ventriloquists wooden dummy, or look for another job.

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    • Fred Fosson

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      I live in Anderson County Texas and we elect the Sheriff and Constables here.

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  • George Warren Dean

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    They’re essentially the same empty suits–the same ilk, who opposed the Police Officer’s Safety Act. t is amazing to me that these people take an oath to support and defend the Constitution when they are appointed, but are so ready & willing to suppress the 2A. Any top cop whom opposes any of the rights enumerated in our Constitution should be terminated forthwith. He’s a lying hypocrite.

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  • Walter Willoughby

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    Folks we need to watch these things. Looking like a police state. And. a whole lot of cops are crook. One word. Hitler. The liberal socialists are the reincarnation of the Hitler spirit.

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  • KEN

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    ONE MORE REASON TO BE GLAD THAT I LIVE IN TEXAS !!!!!!!!!

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    • JimmyinTEXAS

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      Ken,
      You obviously don’t live in Austin, Houston or San Antonio. The current “Cheif” in Austin and Houston(came from Austin) are hardcore sanctuary city proponents from California. Houston used to be in Austin. The San Antonio “Cheif” is a pretty hardcore leftist also. There is a lot to cheer about Texas but those three are definitely not some of it…

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    • Joey

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      I live in Houston and in one of the most liberal areas with a moderate crime rate. Yep the mayor and local politicians are pretty left. But many of my friends are HPD and all of them appreciate permitted citizens and 2A rights.

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    • JimmyinTEXAS

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      Joey,
      It is really good to hear the line officers are appreciative of 2A rights, just wish more Chiefs were.

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    • G

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      TEXAS rocks!

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    • Randy

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      Indeed. No matter who the “elected” officials are in Texas, they will also soon learn that you still can’t mess with Texas. An uprising of epic proportion will ensue.

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