In a video, R. Daryl Fisher — a candidate for sheriff in Buncombe County, North Carolina — said he was willing to pry firearms from the owners’ cold, dead hands if they chose to not hand them in.
Fisher was describing his gun safety plan to a crowd. His plan includes:
- Raising the age limit to buy any type of firearm to 21 years old.
- Ban the sale of “high-capacity” magazines.
- Ban any “mechanism” that will allow firing in rapid succession.
- Ban military-style firearms.
“You’ve heard people say, ‘You’ll have to pry my gun from my cold, dead hands,’ OK,” Fisher said. His statement was met with applause and laughter from the room.
The phrase “from my cold, dead hands” is popular among gun owners and was famously associated with former National Rifle Association president Charlton Heston.
IJR reached out to Fisher’s campaign for comment but did not receive one in time for publication.
UPDATE [3/26/18, 5:10 p.m. ET]:
In a Facebook post, Fisher wrote that the “cold, dead hands” comment was a “joke” and admitted it was a “mistake,” noting that he “should not have joked.” Fisher also wrote that the “government cannot take away any guns or any items that were legally sold before any new laws take effect” and that attempting to do so would be “unconstitutional.”