If Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry plans to follow through on his promise to boycott Dana Safety Supply, he will have to change the procedures he follows for purchasing weapons.
Sheriff Scott Berry
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The Oconee County, Ga. sheriff spoke with Melissa Francis of Fox Business on Jan. 4, 2013.
Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry Friday was interviewed on Fox Business about his decision to no longer conduct business with Dana Safety Supply in light of the company's policy change to sell selected firearms only to law enforcement and not to the general public. Host Melissa Francis questioned Berry about his opinion of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence's scorecard for the state of Georgia regarding gun regulation. In 2011, Georgia was given a score of 8 out of a possible 100 by the campaign. Berry responded by saying he "was kinda hoping we'd shoot for a lower number than that." "Georgia's a state where we truly believe the Second Amendment exists for a reason, and the Second Amendment exists for lawful citizens to be able …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Sheriff Scott Berry tells Fox 5 News he disagrees with Dana Safety Supply's recent decision to sell semi-automatic, self-loading rifles only to law enforcement and no longer to the general public.
Oconee County, Ga. Sheriff Scott Berry has been speaking out in recent weeks about the issue of gun control, and his interpretation and support of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. According to a post dated Jan. 3 on the blog Guns Save Lives, Berry sent an email to a Buford gun shop stating he no longer intends for the Oconee County Sheriff's Office to conduct business with Dana Safety Supply because the company recently revised its policy to no longer sell semi-automatic rifles to non-law enforcement individuals. The company has locations in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. In an interview with Fox 5 Atlanta News Thursday, Berry offered an explanation. "If they chose not to sell to civilians, law-abiding …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The metal had been taken from a property on Union Church Road, an area that had previously been targeted by thieves, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Four suspected metal thieves were booked into the Oconee County Jail Tuesday after Sheriff Scott Berry spotted a truck overloaded with scrap metal in an area of the county that had previously been targeted by thieves. According to a news release, Berry was on Union Church Road just before 1 p.m. and saw the truck pulling out of a wooded area. He initiated a traffic stop and recognized one of the four individuals from other theft and burglary incidents. The property owners confirmed the metal in the truck bed had been taken from their barn and deputies also noticed "fresh" tire tracks near the storage area, the release noted. Watkinsville residents Christopher Brian Fattig, 36; Michael Donovan Schmidt, 43; Ann Marie Porter, 41; and 26-year…
School Official: Emergency Plans at Oconee Schools Continually Updated, Partnership with Law Enforcement 'Strong'
"We're always looking for ways to make our schools as safe as possible," says Mark Channell, assistant superintendent for student services.
School officials and law enforcement in Oconee County are taking steps to ease community concerns brought about by Friday's tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The public school system and Sheriff's Office Monday released statements to assure parents they are working together to increase officer visibility in and around schools this week and review security measures. Mark Channell, assistant superintendent for student services, described the partnership with the Sheriff's Office as "strong." Though there are no full-time school resource officers, deputies regularly visit schools during the day and check facilities at night, he said. They work with school officials whenever a need arises, and periodically conduct drills, …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Deputies completed checks for synthetic marijuana at retail locations in Oconee County, Ga. Tuesday evening.
Oconee County Sheriff's Office officials said no synthetic marijuana was found at retail locations in the county during Tuesday's enforcement checks. "We really didn't expect to," Sheriff Scott Berry said. "We just wanted to make sure that stores didn't have any in stock or have any on the shelves. We just felt like we wanted to make sure it wasn't being sold in any store in Oconee County." Tuesday's enforcement checks were conducted throughout the county after the Berry says the State Board of Pharmacy announced Monday that it adopted an emergency rule which classified synthetic cannabinoids as Schedule I drugs. Other drugs classified under Schedule I include heroin, methamphetamines and ecstasy. Synthetic marijuana, which is sometimes …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Berry, Oconee County's sheriff and president of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, responded to a recent Supreme Court ruling.
A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding strip searches for jail inmates arrested on even minor offenses has the support of Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry. "The staff has to have a tool to be able to search for contraband, and the best tool we have is a strip search," Berry, who's president of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, said on 11 Alive news Atlanta. The 5-4 ruling Monday upheld the treatment of a New Jersey man who had been arrested on a warrant for an unpaid fine and was strip searched in two county jails. It turned out he had paid the fine. Berry told the TV station the Supreme Court had simply affirmed a practice that's been available to Georgia law enforcement officers for years. Do you agree with the U.S. Supreme's …
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry was sworn in as the 2011-2012 President of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association on July 20.
During the annual Summer Training Conference, Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry was sworn in as the 2011-2012 President of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association. Former Western Judicial Circuit Superior Court and current U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones administered the oath of office July 20, Chief Deputy Lee Weems reported on Facebook. Berry had served as the 1st Vice President for 2010-2011. This year the conference was held July 18-20 in Stone Mountain. The Georgia Sheriffs' Association --with a mission of enhancing public safety through the promotion of the Office of the Sheriff, according to the organization's website-- is comprised of sheriffs from the state's 159 counties and tens of thousands of Honorary Members who offer support…