Sheriff will brief
voters on levy, laws
Josephine County Sheriff Gil
Gilbertson says he's heard from residents who relish
the thought of taking the law into their own hands.
"We often hear the comment they
can take care of things with a gun and a backhoe," he
One resident said he would
protect his property against criminals with his shotgun.
"He said, 'If you come by my
house, you'll leave in a body bag,' " Gilbertson said.
Gilbertson has set a series of
seminars explaining a criminal justice levy on the May
ballot, the consequences if it doesn't pass, and how
residents can defend themselves under Oregon law.
"It's just a matter of time
before somebody gets shot and killed," he said.
If someone breaks into your
house, you can only shoot if you feel you are being
threatened, Gilbertson said. Just because burglars have
a TV set under their arms doesn't mean they are
threatening you, he explained.
Those who shoot another person
must be able to justify their actions because they could
face criminal or civil liability, he said.
"When you take someone's life,
you better be prepared to survive the aftermath," he
said. "It's a difficult thing to live with."
Those who may be cleared of
criminal liability could still face potential civil
liability, he warned.
Gilbertson will give his
presentations at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at
the Josephine County Fairgrounds Floral Building, 1451
Fairgrounds Road, Grants Pass, and at 7 p.m. Thursday,
May 3, at the Cave Junction County Building, 102 S.
Redwood Highway, Cave Junction.