Even more sheriffs are urging Americans to carry firearms to protect themselves from terrorism and mass shootings.
A number of top cops in recent weeks have encouraged citizens who have carry permits to not leave the house without a gun.
In early December, Paul J. Van Blarcum, the sheriff in Ulster County, New York, took his message to Facebook.
“ATTENTION LICENSED HANDGUN OWNERS,” he wrote. “In light of recent events that have occurred in the United States and around the world I want to encourage citizens of Ulster County who are licensed to carry a firearm to PLEASE DO SO.”