FARMINGTON -- About two dozen people braved the slippery roads to ask questions of Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson about possible gun control.
Richardson hosted a question-and-answer meeting for the public Thursday at the sheriff's office to address rumors about what the federal government is doing and can do.
Those in attendance were told they were in a secure facility, and if they had guns on them to keep them concealed or take them back to their vehicles.
Jay Lamoreaux, of Farmington, thanked Richardson and the other sheriffs for signing a letter to President Barack Obama stating they would uphold the Constitution.
Lamoreaux also asked Richardson what needs to be changed to keep schools safer.
Richardson said it will take more than just putting a police officer in every school.
"How we design the schools, as well as the access points to get in and out, also are important."
Richardson said better-designed schools, work on better response times for law enforcement in emergencies and putting an officer in every school will decrease the chances of tragedies such as the mass shooting that took place in Newtown, Conn., in December.
Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield, also was on hand to answer questions.
Oda said the schools built today have too much glass and too much open space. He encouraged those at the meeting to talk to their school board members.
Richardson said even though Gov. Gary Herbert said the sheriff's letter was "premature," he did not believe it was.
"It informs Congress members what our feelings are about protecting the rights of our citizens. It shouldn't have been a surprise to our governor or anyone else what our position is."
Richardson also pointed out that Utah's sheriffs are not alone. Sheriffs in other states, including Wyoming, Oregon, California, Tennessee and Kentucky, are speaking out about Obama's proposed gun-control mandates.
Richardson said he does not see changes coming regarding guns at this time.
He said the federal government could not ban every gun that looks like an assault weapon.
Secondly, he said, if the federal government sent officers to confiscate guns, it would violate the Second Amendment as well as the Fourth and 14th amendments.
"It would violate all of your Bill of Rights," Richardson said. "Gun control is not the answer."
Richardson said more needs to be done to define what mental illness is, and more funding should be made available to help those with mental health issues.