Ga. sheriff's concealed-carry sign goes viral
The sign in part reads: “Our citizens have concealed weapons. If you kill someone, we might kill you back”
By PoliceOne Staff
HARRIS COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia county sheriff’s sign that warns visitors about the county’s armed residents has gone viral.
The Washington Post reports that Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley posted the sign to warn any criminals that many residents in the county exercise their right to bear arms.
“Welcome to Harris County, Georgia,” the sign reads. “Our citizens have concealed weapons. If you kill someone, we might kill you back. We have ONE jail and 356 cemeteries. Enjoy your stay! -Sheriff Mike Jolley.”
The sign was put up last week amid national debate over gun control. While Jolley said he understands many support gun control, he wanted to give visitors fair notice of what to expect when visiting the county.
“We want people to come and enjoy Harris County,” he said, “but we want them to do it in a safe manner, and we want them to know that they’re safe when they get here.”
This is not the first time one of Jolley’s signs gained attention. In 2015, Jolley received recognition after putting up his “politically incorrect” sign for Christmas.
“WARNING: Harris County is politically incorrect,” the sign said. “We say: Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust. We salute our troops and our flag. If this offends you … LEAVE!”
Jolley told the Ledger-Enquirer in 2015 that he was tired of the silent majority becoming “more silent” and that it was time for them to “stand up for our beliefs and not be ashamed.”
The sheriff said he changes the message on the sign every eight months or so and pays for them out of pocket. He said the response to his most recent message has been almost unanimously positive.