Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles, who is running for the New Jersey State Senate, recently suggested to the New Jersey Second Amendment Society that they should get their guns if his opponent knocked on their doors.
Sheriff Balles, who is a Republican, is trailing his Democratic opponent State Sen. Jim Whelan in the polls, noted TalkingPointsMemo.com.
The meeting was recorded and posted online (video below) by the pro-gun group Bold Departure, which stated Sheriff Balles "is obviously very well-versed in the particulars of 2nd Amendment issues within the state."
In the Oct. 7 meeting, Sheriff Balles said, “When someone’s been elected for 30 years and he comes knocking on your door and tells you, ‘Listen, this is what I want to do to help you,’ quickly close your door, go inside."
At that point, an unidentified audience member yelled, “And get your gun!”
Sheriff Balles, who opposes gun restriction laws, added, “And get your gun, exactly.”
Another audience member then yelled, “Good answer,” which brought laughter and applause.