"I will assure you, as I have many other Saline County folks, that I will defend our 2nd amendment in Saline County literally to the point of being locked up in my own county jail if it ever came to that extreme," George said in the letter, dated Jan. 30.
The response came after the sheriff received a letter from Jeffrey and LynnRose Johnson, residents of Nelson, urging the sheriff to respond whether or not he would uphold his oath to protect the county and the constitution "against all enemies foreign or domestic."
"We have always respected you and have believed you to be a man of integrity and honor, but the current climate in this country has made people nervous and scared of an overreaching federal government, and as citizens of Saline County we need answers from our Sheriff," the Johnsons wrote in their letter to the sheriff.
The Johnsons said they wrote on behalf of themselves and Oath Keepers, a national organization which asks current and former military, police and firefighters to defend the oath to protect the constitution.
"Our oath is to the Constitution, not to the politicians, and we will not obey unconstitutional (and thus illegal) and immoral orders, such as orders to disarm the American people or to place them under martial law and deprive them of their ancient right to jury trial," states the mission of the Oath Keeper's website. "We Oath Keepers have drawn a line in the sand. We will not 'just follow orders.' "
LynnRose Johnson said that sheriffs across the state and country have pledged to protect the Second Amendment and she and her husband want to know where Sheriff George stands.
"He is our first line of defense," LynnRose Johnson said. "A lot of people are very concerned about a far-reaching federal government infringing on our Second Amendment.
LynnRose Johnson said she didn't believe there was an imminent threat of the federal government taking away people's guns, but added that there was a trend toward that goal.
"When you see the president issuing his executive orders on gun regulation, he is very fond of a big government," LynnRose Johnson said. "If you disarm the people you can do a lot more harm to them. History has shown it to happen. If it happened in other places, I am sure those people didn't see it coming either."
George said that in his years serving in law enforcement he had never received so many inquiries from citizens concerned about a particular issue as he has recently in regards to his stance on the second amendment.
"Folks are either calling me, writing me letters, coming by the office, stopping me on the streets," George said. "There is a lot of unrest and uncertainty because they have this mindset that I'm going to create some kind of martial law to come and take their guns. That's just not going to happen."
George said he would favor a state law requiring people to go to the sheriff's office to do a background check to obtain a firearm permit.
"They (sheriffs) know their people more than anybody else in the government knows," he said.
In the meantime, he urged citizens not to be afraid of anyone coming to take their guns.
"It is not going to happen," George said. "There is no way that people are going to come in for their guns. For starters, I am going to be standing myself in front of that person who is going to come in and take that citizen's arms."
LynnRose Johnson thanked the sheriff for taking the time to reply to her letter.
"When somebody takes the time to write it down on paper and sign it, it means something," LynnRose Johnson said. "These are uneasy times and people are worried. People need to talk to their representatives and find out where they stand on this important issue."