Sheriff Bradley Rogers told about 200 people, many of whom held signs and carried firearms during Sunday's rally, that he pledges to oppose all future gun legislation and not impose those measures on the community he serves.
"I will not allow gun confiscation in my county and I will not enforce any additional antigun laws," he said to loud applause at the rally outside South Bend's Morris Performing Art Center.
The Elkhart Truth reported (http://bit.ly/13EDTQn ) that Sunday's rally also included Republican U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, who told the gathering it's critical that lawmakers continue to protect the right to bear arms for responsible Americans.
Although lawmakers chose not to seek a vote on a proposed ban of assault weapons, some of Sunday's speakers and those attending the rally expressed concern that another round of gun legislation was on the horizon.
Rogers said he believes "gun legislation is not the way to control gun violence."
The sheriff is an outspoken gun rights supporter who recently appeared on a CNN news special that looked at the gun debate following the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that killed 20 elementary school students and six educators.
Rogers said lawmakers who want to change gun laws need to try to amend the U.S. Constitution rather than simply pass new laws.
Bob Moore, a leader of Elkhart County Tea Party Patriots, said that despite recent legislative victories, he believes President Barack Obama will make it a goal in his second term to establish new gun controls.
"He won't quit," Moore said of the president. "It's going to be very tough."
Elkhart-area resident Seth Youngblood held a sign that read, "Millions of gun owners killed no one today." He also carried a Glock handgun in a holster, while his friend, Maggie Mountsier of Granger, carried a Ruger under her jacket. Both said they attended the rally to express their support for the Second Amendment and its correlation to freedoms Americans enjoy.
"If you look at history once they take guns away, the governments kill their own people," Youngblood said. "The Second Amendment protects your other rights."
Information from: The Elkhart Truth, http://www.etruth.com