JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. -- Former State Senator Fred Smith, who is running for Johnston County Commissioner from District 1, released the following statement today:

"The right to keep and bear arms is one of our most fundamental rights as Americans. Our Founding Fathers wisely enshrined this precious right in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Counties throughout North Carolina and the nation have been making their voices heard by passing resolutions in defense of our Second Amendment rights. Rest assured that I will strongly defend our right to keep and bear arms as a Johnston County Commissioner."

Fred Smith is a Johnston County farmer, successful businessman, conservative leader and former County Commissioner and North Carolina State Senator.