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SAWYER FOR SHERIFF OF PHILA COUNTY - FOAC Questionnaire Answers
#11
LBaker;165174 Wrote:If you read question number one you see that it had to do with the regulation of firearms, not judicial discretion or plea bargains. Those issues were asked in a separate questions.

Violating the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act sets forth several punishment guidelines within the text of the legislation which regulates firearms, and I do want amendments in there to impose mandatory sentencing outcomes when UFA has been violated repeatedly in conjunction with another serious felony defined in the PA crimes code. Serious felonies would be classified as violent, such as rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and homicide and all the attempted forms of those listed.

LBaker;165174 Wrote:Also you support creating a special legal category that holds gun owners to a higher standard and more accountable for accidents with a firearm then other accidents when a child is involved in question 19.

Correct.

LBaker;165174 Wrote:Question 16 deals with registering weapons and you attempted to make it about something else. Even so, because a warrant is issued any firearms found should be put on the record?

If a firearm is seized in a search warrant this fact is recorded on the property evidence tag and I believe it's perfectly fine for law enforcement agencies to examine and retain that information. The primary issue has been that law enforcement does NOT return the property and has been stealing it through the use of bureaucracy. Many firearms owners have had to start separate legal action to recover seized property, including firearms. Legislation should exist that forces law enforcement agencies to "shit or get off the pot" to no cost of the property owner.

LBaker;165174 Wrote:I hope you will reconsider your answers and get back to FOAC! And if you do a little research you will find that FOAC has always been in favor of prosecuting criminals for firearm crime and not letting the judicial system plea those charges away...

I gave FOAC my responses and I'm not waffling from them.

I do support taking the Gun Permit Unit away from PPD and moving it to the Sheriff's Office and replicating the same structure for LTCF permit/approval/appeals that's in all of the other Pennsylvania counties expect Philadelphia. Logistically, that would basically just amount to taking all the employees at PPD who are at GPU and transferring them to be under the Sheriff's Office. From there the processing will be made much more explicit and transparent to applicants.



You can support me, or you can support Jewell Williams, the Democrat incumbent. I'm already offering most of what gun owners want under the Christmas Tree.
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#12
Just checked the FOAC primary voting guide... "no suitable candidate" listed for Philly?

https://foac-pac.org/voter_guides/2015%2...Vers-1.pdf

And this isn't a knock on you Chris, just bringing it up as a question.
NRA (Life), GOA, FOAC (Life), NAGR, AMGOA

RocketFoot's Minion since 09-07-2012
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#13
This is the ONLY candidate that they endorsed in Philadelphia?







ugh.... Ninja
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#14
ArcticSplash;165232 Wrote:This is the ONLY candidate that they endorsed in Philadelphia?







ugh.... Ninja

So.... I'm guessing they didn't like your answers?
NRA (Life), GOA, FOAC (Life), NAGR, AMGOA

RocketFoot's Minion since 09-07-2012
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#15
bigdawgbeav;165237 Wrote:So.... I'm guessing they didn't like your answers?

Probably not. Oh well.
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ArcticSplash;165239 Wrote:
bigdawgbeav;165237 Wrote:So.... I'm guessing they didn't like your answers?

Probably not. Oh well.

Or you are unopposed in the primary?
NRA (Life), GOA, FOAC (Life), NAGR, AMGOA

RocketFoot's Minion since 09-07-2012
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#17
A little off topic, but I was just reading your website and have a few questions.

1. Why would you need to send Deputies through Act 235 (civilian security guard training) when they're already law enforcement officers trained under Act 2 (deputy sheriff training)?

2. Maybe it's different in Philly, but why would you make all Deputies join the FOP who, as a whole, has been known to oppose furthering Sheriffs in PA?

3. Maybe I missed it, but did you ever work for the Sheriff's Office or in any previous law enforcement capacity?

I'm not even from or live around Philly, but I have friends who work for the Sheriff there.
"There is no hunting like the hunting of man. And those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter."
-Ernest Hemingway
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bigdawgbeav;165269 Wrote:
ArcticSplash;165239 Wrote:Probably not. Oh well.

Or you are unopposed in the primary?

shademtarmory;165272 Wrote:A little off topic, but I was just reading your website and have a few questions.

1. Why would you need to send Deputies through Act 235 (civilian security guard training) when they're already law enforcement officers trained under Act 2 (deputy sheriff training)?

2. Maybe it's different in Philly, but why would you make all Deputies join the FOP who, as a whole, has been known to oppose furthering Sheriffs in PA?

3. Maybe I missed it, but did you ever work for the Sheriff's Office or in any previous law enforcement capacity?

I'm not even from or live around Philly, but I have friends who work for the Sheriff there.


Yep. No opponent.

On the other comment,

1) Philadelphia county the Sheriff does not have the same policing responsibilities that other PA county Sheriffs have. They have a few warrant officers and thanks to a private deal between the chief clerk of the FJD, the remaining warrant officers that report to the FJD are going to be put on the Sheriff's payroll. The most law enforcing they do is warrant pickup and then court security, that's it. No traffic stops, no search warrants, etc. That is all the Phila. Police Dept. The Sheriff's Dept in Phila has no SWAT, no armored vehicles, etc. Not even a giant fleet of Sheriff's Office vehicles running around town.

2) Because I'd rather deal with one dude (the FOP5 local head) in labor negotiation and then let the union pick up their benes and retirement in the contract the mayor negotiates and use that as a way to keep a wall between uniformed warrant officers and deputies with guard duty from the real estate unit. I also plan to segregate those two lines of work cleanly so that way I can loosen the hiring requirements over the clerical jobs at the Sheriff's office. The Sheriff also doesn't have sole jurisdiction over warrant pick-up. Phila. Police Dept. normally does it. The Sheriff goes after the stale warrants.

The big problem in the Phila Sheriff is in the Real Estate Unit and then the no-bid crony contracting it does. The minor law functions it does are not that big a deal to me and I'd rather let the bellyaching about hours/pay/training go through the union. The complaints that deputies/officers have can go to their union rep.

3) Nope, I'm an engineer by trade. The incumbent has no law enforcement experience either short of a short police academy training class he says he was in. He was a state rep for 11 years prior to that and lost his primary because his Democratic opponent did the unthinkable--he got off his ass and knocked on doors of constituents. That led him to not poll well and thanks to our local political machine and an FBI investigation and DOJ prosecution---the Sheriff that had been there for 22 years decided that it was a good time to start drawing that pension plan lest something happen to it, and the DCC party boss found a home for Williams by having the party endorse him 4 years ago, so that's how Williams became our Sheriff.
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#19
Good luck to you, sir. I hope you can beat the machine. I'm told everything is pretty intertwined in the city, but it's been broken before.
"There is no hunting like the hunting of man. And those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter."
-Ernest Hemingway
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