Seattle-Area Sheriff Urges Off-Duty Deputies to Carry Guns


King County, Wash., Sheriff John Urquhart is directing his deputies to carry their sidearms and extra ammunition while off-duty in light of the terrorist attacks in Paris, reports the Seattle Times. In an email sent Tuesday afternoon, Urquhart notes the FBI has not received any credible information of any imminent attacks in the United States, including any from the Islamic State group.

“I believe the bigger threat to the Greater Seattle area is a homegrown terrorist who decides to act unilaterally in support of ISIL,” Urquhart wrote. “As they have in the past, ISIL released a video on Saturday, urging attacks anywhere, saying there are 'weapons and cars available and targets ready to be hit.' I believe this is the biggest threat to our area. So what should we do? Of course we should all stay vigilant and 'if you see something, say something.' But after Paris, that doesn't seem enough. Therefore my request. While off-duty I am asking all commissioned personnel to always carry their sidearm, with extra magazines. I know that some of you already do, but many do not. Now is the time! With all that is going in the world, it is more important than ever to have the means to protect your family, the public, and yourself.”

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