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Deschutes County Sheriff Larry Blanton Reacts to Colorado Shooting


In light of the Colorado shooting last Friday, Deschutes County Sheriff Larry Blanton is urging people to always be aware of their surroundings.   He also believes that an off-duty police officer or a well-trained citizen with a gun could've prevented some of the deaths in the Colorado movie theater.  Blanton was a guest on 1110 KBND's "Your Town" show Wednesday morning.  He says sometimes you have to shoot to injure or even kill.  "I believe in the right to bear arms.  Frankly - I'm not being critical of the Colorado situation.  It's a terrible situation.  I wasn't there, don't know what happened.  But it's important...don't be a victim."  In Deschutes County there are about six thousand people with concealed weapons permits.  He says besides a background check every three years they also do random audits of gun holders.  Blanton says the sheriff's office hasn't had any significant problems with those who "carry" in Deschutes County.  


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