King Co. Sheriff asks off-duty officers to carry guns, extra mags after Paris attacks

A move that every one who supports the Second Amendment should practice.

Sheriff John Urquhart

Sheriff John Urquhart

Although the majority of King County residents are very liberal, the Sheriff has some common sense. reports that King County Sheriff John Urquhart has instructed off-duty deputies to carry their sidearm with extra magazines, following the deadly Paris attacks.
Prompted by the Paris terrorist attacks, the sheriff sent his deputies a request, via a letter, that off-duty officers be armed with their service weapons and extra magazines of ammo should a terrorist attack hit the Puget Sound region. He said, “It’s not a policy, it’s a request.”
The sheriff added, “We are living in tough times…and certainly what happened in Paris could happen here in Seattle. I want to make sure my deputies are willing, available and have proper equipment to fight that if it happens.”
Urquhart has the guts to say what Obama wont – that the biggest threat to the area is homegrown terrorism, and locals who decide to support terrorists organizations such as ISIS. “What I am worried about, what causes me lose sleep at night, is a homegrown terrorist,” Urquhart said. “That’s somebody that hasn’t come over from Syria, that’s not an official part of ISIS, but has been radicalized by ISIS by their propaganda. They’ve been implored to take action wherever they are, around the world,” he said. “I’m afraid of a homegrown terrorist that does something here. It’s going to be a soft target.”
Urquhart believes that having off-duty deputies armed and prepared will greatly help the situation. “We are all frustrated by what’s going on, mainly because we don’t know what to do. This threat is so nebulous, and yet so real. And I thought this is something we can do,” Urquhart said.
“I always tell my people to be vigilant, ‘if you see something, say something,’ all of that. But it’s not enough,” he said. “Here is something they can do. They can be ready. We have the training. We have the experience. We have the weapons; let’s carry them.” (Amen to that!)
The King County Sheriff’s Office has 700 commissioned officers, according to Urquhart. While off-duty deputies were once required to carry their service weapon wherever they went, that is not the case currently. But for Sheriff Urquhart, it’s already a personal policy that he follows. “I carry all the time,” he said.

I carry because of crime in my town (recently, a woman was walking her dog on a neighborhood street in the afternoon and a man came up behind her and put a knife to her throat) and I typically leave work when it is dark. I trust that my firearms skills will protect me much better than urinating on a potential attacker.
Also, because I can.
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Every American citizen, legally capable, should be carrying their sidearm as well. No one knows when or if they may be needed.
Most drivers have “car insurance”. Some have house insurance and others, health insurance. Why not have “survival insurance” – your sidearm.
We live in a time of great, personal threat from sources both foreign and domestic. Would it not be prudent to be ready?

Kevin Lankford
Kevin Lankford

Our Constitution says every body is legally capable. It specifically denies the authority to deprive a citizen of any civil right as a punishment for any crime. Every free U.S. citizen certainly has the right of self-defense.


I was going to say the same as Hadenough, so I’ll just say “DITTO” and add … It’s your patriotic DUTY to carry concealed or even OPEN, where it’s allowed. Here, in my hometown, it’s been legal to carry OPEN for years, but a permit required for concealed … in town. In the county, you can carry however and whenever you wish, as long as you are legal to do so… eg. not a convicted felon or wanted criminal… which we, also, happen to have plenty of. Invasion of too many outta towners and a lot of homegrown thieves and… Read more »


Liberals… unarmed in the battle of whits (and otherwise, too) when it comes to Jihadists.comment image


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God Bless You and All Law Enforcement Officers who Keep Their Oaths, Sheriff Urquart. King County CAN be a dangerous place, and I too believe it is the Duty Of Every Citizen to Responsibly Arm themselves, especially in such times as these.