St. Helena Sheriff Threatens Gun Owners

It seems that St. Helena Sheriff Nathaniel “Nat” Williams has decided to re-interpret both The U. S. Constitution and Louisiana’s State Constitution and is threatening to arrest anyone who participates in armed citizen patrols organized to protect property.

Assault weapon patrols nixed

Any residents of St. Helena Parish caught riding around the parish with assault weapons will be arrested, Sheriff Nat Williams warned Tuesday.

“As far as them riding around with an assault rifle, it will not be tolerated,” he said. “Somebody with an assault weapon is no different from a criminal and will be treated the same way.”

Some residents of the parish’s 6th Ward, angered by a rash of recent break-ins, have conducted informal patrols, sometimes while armed with AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, the civilian version of the U.S. military’s M-16.

“If somebody is out riding around with an assault weapon, that’s not protecting the neighborhood, that’s terrorizing the neighborhood,” Williams said.

“Anybody want to ride around their own community, that’s fine, call us,” Williams said. “But any assault weapons, they’re going to jail.”

See here what Louisiana’s Constitution has to say about it.

Article 1, Section 11 – Right to Keep and Bear Arms

The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be abridged, but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to prohibit the carrying of weapons concealed on the person.

And of course there is that ancient document known as the U. S. Constitution.

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

22 Responses to “St. Helena Sheriff Threatens Gun Owners”

  1. wow Says:

    I suspect he will be hearing from the NRA very soon!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    There are no automatic weapons being carried; if the were, it would be a major Federal and State crime; carrying a long gun is not illegal, this dumb Sheriff should have finished high school, he would then have read the Constitution.

    • richard Says:

      Just to let you, you can legally own a fully automatic assault weapon. Albeit it has to be a pre-ban weapon and you require a special stamp etc…

  3. Anonymous Says:


  4. Anonymous Says:

    he should be arrested for malfeasance in office.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Carry a shotgun instead !

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Sounds like this Sherrif doesn’t understand the law.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Great. Law enforcement officials who fail at understanding the law.

    Maybe he will bankrupt his agency defending against unlawful arrest lawsuits.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    is’nt “Open Carry” legal in Louisiana? Sue the idiot.

  9. interesting Says:

    I am all about carrying; but, can’t anyone see how this is a recipe for disaster? I think the sheriff handled it wrong and he can’t legally arrest them.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    somebody’s gonna end up getting shot and/or killed, just hope its not a child.
    If somebody other than a cop stops me with guns THEY WILL BE ARRESTED for harassment, i don’t care what their intentions are good or bad. You have the right to protect your private property not patrol the back road like a bunch of rednecks with an agenda. AR-15 REALLY? how stupid can u be!!!

  11. Anonymous Says:

    It appears the “sheriff” has gotten his ego bruised by the fact that citizens have taken to protecting themselves because he and his department are inept. Nothing more than an arrogant a$$ protecting his own incompetence.

    • wow Says:

      Your vehicle is an extension of your home, there is absolutely NOTHING he can do and any arrests will be thrown out and the dept. is likely to be sued. This is a scare tactic, but most folk know better. I agree this is a recipe for disaster when ordinary citizens “patrol” with firearms, but on the surface, it is legal.

    • Anonymous Says:

      I LOL in your general direction.

  12. RRD Says:

    Looks like someone needs to start looking for a new job.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Time to go call this guy…

    Will Hayden….. Red Jacket.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    Hey sheriff….a person can carry a gun in his car. It is your job to enforce the law not change it to your liking.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Someone tell Barney Fife to learn the law before running his mouth. There is a new sheriff in town, its called the ARMED CITIZEN, and they are not breaking any laws. Since the sheriff and his kangaroo cops cant do their job, the people feel they must do it for him. Since he is too stupid, and unable to read. Will someone please explain the 2nd amendment to this uneducated dolt.

  16. goat Says:

    Another moron who didnt pay attention in constitutional law, but then sherrifs are elected officials enuff said..

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