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Candidate for Sheriff in N.C. 'Jokes' About Taking Guns From Cold, Dead Hands

A Democrat candidate's joke about taking guns from the cold, dead hands of gun owners may have played well with his liberal audience in Asheville, N.C., earlier this month, but a widely-shared video of the crack has since fallen flat with thousands of Second Amendment supporters.

Daryl Fisher, who is running for sheriff in Democrat-heavy Buncombe County,  N.C., made the comment after talking about the types of gun restrictions he favors during a meeting with the Michael Bloomberg-funded anti-gun group Moms Demand Action on March 7.

Fisher told the group that he wants to see the age requirement for people to purchase firearms raised to 21 and said that gun owners should be subjected to mandated proficiency testing every year. He also advocated that concealed carry permit holders only be allowed to carry the firearm they trained with.

The candidate also talked about weapons he wants to see banned. "I think we should ban the sale of all high-capacity magazines, including handguns and long guns," he told the group. "Any weapon that is designed for use by the military, I think we should ban," he said to much applause.

“What about people that already had weapons?" Fisher continued. "Well, I’m gonna tell you now, don’t buy into the scare tactics, don’t believe the scare tactics, because you’ve heard people say ‘You’ll have to pry my guns from my cold, dead hands,’" he said, adding with a grin and a shrug, "OK!" to the delight of the gun-grabbing crowd.