Georgia Sheriff Mike Jolley’s new welcome sign comes with a threatening warning for visitors: “Our citizens have concealed weapons. If you kill someone, we might kill you back. We have ONE jail and 356 cemeteries. Enjoy your stay!”
The Harris County sheriff put the sign in front of his headquarters Tuesday and told Patch.com the message is meant to be “tongue-in-cheek.” He wants visitors to come into town and say, “Wow.”
“Georgia is very much a Second Amendment state, and Harris County is a strong Second Amendment county,” Jolley told the Washington Post. “We want people to come and enjoy Harris County,” he said, “but we want them to do it in a safe manner, and we want them to know that they’re safe when they get here.”
This isn’t the first time the sheriff’s bold signs have garnered attention on social media or made national news.
In 2015, Jolley posted a sign that read,”WARNING: Harris County is politically incorrect. We say: Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust. We salute our troops and our flag. If this offends you… LEAVE!”
While some Facebook users said the sheriff went too far, he told Channel 2 Action News the reception has been mostly positive.
But Jolley said he doesn’t mind the controversy.
“I’ve been in office a long time,” he told the Post. “So I like to stir the pot.”