Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Voting Research for Sheriff Whetsel

Needing more info on our sheriff before voting for him I turned to the Internet. Fist I found a local radio talk show host who is endorsing him. Another retired local talk show host writes his opinion on his Web site. After reading these opinions I followed links and found the information I was looking for.

It appears the sheriff was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Sheriff Whetsel was President of the IACP for the 1994-1995 term. The oldest resolutions listed on the IACP website are from the 103rd, in Phoenix, Arizona (1996) - called for THIS resolution against the federal liberalization of Concealed Carry Weapon laws:

This LINK is to a document that explains what the IACP was trying to accomplish. In short, they want to and have influenced legislation dealing with Conceal & Carry Weapons laws. I was amazed that this organization has so much control over the sheriff and he was a president. I decided to copy this document and past it below if you wish to read it.

Here is a quote from the IACP Web site: "... For the past 119 years the IACP has blazed a trail for professional law enforcement leaders across the globe. The IACP has aided thousands of law enforcement executives throughout their careers and has helped define the policing profession as well as to shape it to what it is today."

The following was copied from the sheriff's Web site which tells he was past president of this organization. The link is HERE.
John Whetsel is in his fourth term as Oklahoma County Sheriff, serving since 1997. The Whetsel family includes wife Mitzi, daughters Jonna Whetsel, Stacy Moore and her husband Brock and grandchildren Kailey, Bailey and Caitlin Moore. John and Mitzi live in Choctaw and attend St. John's Church in Edmond.

Sheriff Whetsel began his law enforcement career in 1967, he joined the Choctaw Police Department in 1973 and served as Choctaw Chief of Police for 21 years before being elected Sheriff. Sheriff Whetsel has an Associate degree in Police Science, a Bachelor degree in Government and Sociology, and Master's studies in Criminal Justice.

Sheriff Whetsel has authored many law enforcement articles and has been a guest on the Phil Donahue Show, Larry King Live, Dateline, NBC Nightly News, Hard Copy, Front Page, America's Most Wanted and You Be The Judge, and is nationally recognized as a traffic safety advocate.

Sheriff Whetsel serves many boards including the Boy Scouts Law Enforcement Explorers National Executive Committee, Oklahoma Board of Tests for Alcohol and Drug Influence, Oklahoma Justice Assistance Grant Board, Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, and the Oklahoma State University Police Advisory Board.

Sheriff Whetsel is a past president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police, the Oklahoma Sheriffs' Association and the Oklahoma Sherif¬f and Peace Officers Association. He chairs the National Sheriff's Association Traffic Safety Committee, is a member of the NSA's Victim Services Committee, the Major County Sheriff's Association, the Chrysler Police Advisory Board, and is part of a group that has produced four law enforcement traffic safety training videos.

Sheriff Whetsel is the recipient of many honors including the J. Stannard Baker Excellence in Traffic Safety National Award in 2011, the Oklahoma Rifle Association Law Enforcement Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2011 and in 1998, Oklahoma County Bar Association Liberty Bell Award, AARP 50 over 50 Award, National Sheriffs' Victim Services Award, Oklahoma Sheriffs Association 2006 Sheriff of the Year, Oklahoma Transit Association Keith Leftwich Connection Award, University of Central Oklahoma Distinguished Former Student, Society of 40 and 8 Oklahoma Grand Law Officer of the Year, and the Distinguished Service Award by the National Police Administration of the Republic of China (Taiwan). In 2011, Sheriff Whetsel was inducted into the Oklahoma Sheriffs' Hall of Fame and received the Bill Tilghman Award with his induction into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.

My only concern is the governments ability to track law abiding citizens when the criminal is difficult to track. Part of me likes the laws being passed and the other part, the freedom loving part, is really worried about governments nose in my business. The sheriff's opposition to my Constitutional Rights gives me pause when I go to the polls to vote for him or for his counterpart, Darrell Sorrels.

Now to research the man running against him. It's voting day so I need to do it now. Just made up my mind to vote for Darrell Sorrels.

This is a internal International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) document that was obtained by NRA. It discusses in detail IACP plans to weaken or eliminate right-to-carry legislation in state legislatures.

The outline and layout of the original letter has been reproduced in this electronic copy. It reflects as closely as possible the arrangement of the original documents.


* 515 North Washington Street * Alexandria, VA 22314-2357 * (703) 836-6767 * 1-800-THE IACP * FAX: (703) 836-4543




To: Executive Committee S&P Representatives SACOP Representatives

From: Dan Rosenblatt, Executive Director

Date: September 21, 1995

Re: Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) Legislation at the State Level

At our last Executive Committee meeting in Oklahoma City, staff was directed to prepare a simple position paper and strategy guide for members in states contemplating CCW legislation. Attached please find such a report. This draft document has been forwarded to President Whetsel, Chief Polisar and IACP Firearms Committee Chairman Chief Clarence Harmon for their review. All have given their approval and recommend that it be shared. If you have any initial comments on what else you would like included in the document, this would be a good time to bring them up.


International Association of Chiefs of Police Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) Position Paper


Over the past several years the National Rifle Association (NRA) has actively "coordinated" efforts at the state level to have legislation passed that would allow citizens to carry concealed weapons in states where such activity previously had been prohibited or left to the discretion of law enforcement officials to issue concealed carry permits to persons able to demonstrate a specific need. Coupled with the results of the 1994 election and the public's apparent concern with what is discerned to be increasingly random violent crime, their successes have been significant as shown by the following table.

_Number of States With CCW_ _1993_ _1995_ Prohibition against CCW 12 8 Restrictive--may issue 18 14 Non-restrictive--shall issue 20 28

Of the eight states that currently prohibit CCW, six states had legislation introduced in 1995 to permit it. Of the 14 states that permitted CCW at the discretion of law enforcement or judicial officers, six states had legislation introduced in 1995 to liberalize their laws by removing discretion. As of this writing, four of these bills are still pending in state legislatures and will be until December, unless defeated sooner.

We can anticipate that similar legislation will again be introduced in 1996 in the states where CCW is either prohibited or restricted (see Attachment I). Chiefs in these states have expressed concern for the safety of their citizens and officers, and asked how other states have handled these legislative challenges. What follows is such an analysis.

_The Arguments_

Proponents of the CCW laws contend that criminals will be hesitant to victimize individuals who might be carrying a weapon. The fact, however, that the weapon is concealed would seem to greatly reduce this deterrence value. Arguably, a criminal might be more inclined to shoot first, anticipating a victim might be armed. The facts are that there is no hard data on what happens to the crime rate when citizens carry concealed weapons. Studies have interpreted the same data different ways. The state of Florida which first started the liberalization of CCW laws in 1986 has produced studies that both credits CCW laws for a 29 percent decrease in homicides, while the same data has been interrupted (sic) as leading to as much as a 74 percent increase in gun homicides, in one city. Many other intervening factors ranging from immigration, other gun control laws, to the weather may have an effect on crime rates. Proponents of CCW laws indicated that Florida law enforcement has not had difficulties because of its CCW law. The Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and IACP Executive Committee member Tim Moore would be in a position to comment on that but he can also attest to the fact that the Florida CCW law requires fingerprinting, vigorous background checks and firearms training. If faced with a CCW legislative proposal, check the proposed bill to see that it has at least the same safeguards as the Florida legislation before accepting that argument (Attachment II).

While data on the rate of change in the crime rate may be hard to interpret, public health officials have found that for every time a gun kept in the home is used to kill someone in self-defense, it is used 43 times to kill someone in a criminal homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting. We believe that this same statistic will apply for guns carried outside the home under CCW laws.


_What To Do About Proposed Legislation_

If you are in one of the listed states, you can anticipate a bill. Here are some suggested strategies:

_Before Introduction_ 1. Poll your state association of chiefs of police to determine the level of support for opposing either enacting new or liberalizing existing CCW laws.

2. Attempt to establish a coalition of groups who might share your views to increase public awareness and concern. They might include other law enforcement groups--prosecutors, medical groups, MADD members, violence prevention groups such as churches and gun control advocates.

3. Let the media know of your concerns through op-ed pieces in the newspaper and/or interviews on radio or television. Encourage the media to poll their readers and listeners.

_After Introduction_ 1. Check the bill carefully to see what it contains and what it omits. How liberal is this _particular bill?_

2. Contact the author of the bill with recommendations on tightening it up through amendments.

3. Contact state Representatives and Senators to voice your opposition and see how strong support is for the bill by asking if they support it. Have a chief who lives in the district represented by the legislature to make the contact if possible. Keep track of how the vote count stands and make sure your coalition members make the same types of contact.

_If You Have Votes to Defeat_

Keep up an active media campaign until a final vote on the measure; do not let it just slip through--because it could _very_ easily.

_If You Don't the Votes to Defeat_ (sic)

Try to tighten the bill by having a friendly legislator include any of the suggestions contained in Attachment III,

_Conclusion_ These are tough legislative battles requiring dedication, coordination, and effort. The opposition is well-organized and financed. By in large the general population is troubled by the thought of more weapons being on the streets, and what that does for their safety. In states that have passed CCW laws recently, the press coverage in the initial few days has shown long lines of citizens applying for permits, implying a great deal of interest in carrying concealed weapons. But in actuality, those lines quickly disappear as the initial wave of applicants are processed. It would be interesting to see if a campaign could be mounted to have one or two of these liberalized CCW laws repealed based on a lack of interest by the citizens.




NAME CONTACT PHONE NUMBER * Illionis (sic) * Kansas Kentucky * Missouri Nebraska * New Mexico # Ohio # Wisconsin


NAME CONTACT PHONE NUMBER * California * Colorado Delaware Hawaii Indiana Iowa * Louisiana Maryland # Massachusetts # Michigan Minnesota New Jersey New York * South Carolina

* Indicates the states that had CCW legislation introduced during 1995 and were sucessful (sic) in defeating.

# Indicates the states that had CCW legislation introduced during 1995 and where the legislature remains in session without having killed or passed the legislation.

As of 8/16/95


(What follows in the original is a photocopy of Chapters 790.01 to 790.06 of the Florida state laws. This section deals with carrying concealed weapons. It has not been reproduced here.)



Following is a list of issues that you may want addressed by your legislative members when they are considering any CCW proposal:

1. Requirement that all applicants be subject to finger printing and finger print background checks.

2. Requirement that all applicants be subject to criminal history, drug/alcohol addiction and mental health background checks. Prohibit those with criminal, drug/alcohol addiction and/or mental illness history (both voluntary and involuntary commitment to mental facility) from acquiring CCW permit. This check should cross-reference with other states and federal law enforcement agencies to include FBI, DEA, Secret Service, Park Service, INS and Border Patrol, as well as Interpol, to cast the widest net possible.

3. Requirement that all applicants have a certain number of hours of firearms training instruction administered by either a state or local law enforcement approved (certified) instructor. Most states' law enforcement communities have pushed for 10 or more hours per year.

4. Requirement that applicants pay for any cost associated with processing of applications. Most states have also pushed for yearly to bi-annual re-application. As part of the process, applicant should be subject to an eye test and weapons performance demonstration at a certified shooting range yearly.

5. Establishment of stiffer penalties for those who carry concealed without an active permit. For instance, moving such criminal violation from a misdemeanor to a felony.

6. Establish a CCW permit sticker, to be placed on state drivers license with photo, and vehicle license check, to notify police that person might have possession of a weapon, in course of routine traffic stops.

7. Establish CCW permit information entry on 911 database, so that police responding to a residence or business for possible domestic disturbance may be aware of gun ownership and CCW permit holders located at that location.


8. Establish a procedure for swift revocation for cause for criminal conduct such as stalking, domestic abuse, etc. Allow for automatic suspension of permit if person is subject of criminal investigation, with restoration pending outcome of criminal case. Also, mandate permanent suspension if person does not voluntarily turn in permit to police; and police subsequently discover that person is subject of criminal investigation or convicted of a criminal violation in or out of state - or another country.

9. Requirement that before any law is enacted which would liberalize CCW, it must come up for a vote in public referendum for those states which provide public referendums. This is the last option, but we feel confident that "shall issue" CCW proposals will fail in this arena in most, if not all states.

10. Require that the law be subject to a sunset or reauthorization provision in a limited number of years (3 to 5 years from enactment). Also, require that a study be conducted to track the number of permits processed, denied, approved, those with permits that commit crimes with or without a weapon, costs associated with permit process, effect on crime rate, and for other purposes.

11. Requirement that individual must be citizen of the state for specified time (60 to 120 days) and a citizen of the United States to acquire CCW permit, thereby prohibiting out-of-state and foreign legal and/or illegal aliens from acquiring CCW permits.

12. Requirement that the state will not honor CCW permits from other states which do not meet or exceed _all_ provision of its CCW law.

13. Requiring written consent of those applying for CCW permits to allow police to scan for gun detection in future. Also, requiring training for permit holders on how to conduct themselves at a crime incident/scene where officers are present, so as not to have them "mistaken" by police for criminal perpetrators with a weapon.

14. Require separate CCW permit application for each specific weapon an individual wants to have authority to carry concealed. Limit permit holder to one gun purchase per month. Virginia passed such legislation separate from CCW several years ago in an attempt to alter its historical ranking as the number on state origin for providing


neighboring U.S. northeast corridor states with guns used in the commission of crime. The result was that significantly less guns from Virginia now find their way into neighboring states or are connected with crimes in other states.

15. Prohibit CCW permits from allowance to carry at bars, sporting events, concerts, festivals, fairs, restaurants, colleges and schools, _any_ governmental building/land or any site where alcoholic beverages are served. Also, allowance for private businesses, property owners and residences to ban gun possession on property by posting and notification.

16. Require that list of citizens with CCW permits not be open to public - restricted to law enforcement access _only_ - as at least one unethical entrepreneur has solicited CCW permit holders in Florida to buy police look-a-like "badges" to accompany their concealed weapon.

17. Require verification of purchase of gun liability insurance at a set amount ($75,000.00 to $150,000.00) for gun purchasers and CCW permit applications before allowing issuance of gun purchase and/or permit to that individual.

18. Allow for residents of any political subdivision, township, municipality, incorporated city or other locality to vote for greater restriction or prohibition than state law requires on the issuance of CCW permits within that area of jurisdiction. This provision is bolstered by the University of Maryland study - commissioned by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which suggested that liberalized CCW laws tend to contribute to increased crime rates - particularly in urban areas.

19. Require a local police involvement in the permit process, either as the place to conduct the permit application process, or require a consultation with the local law enforcement agency if a state law enforcement agency implements the CCW permit application process. They may know the individual personally and have direct input as to that person's character and past conduct.


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