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Second District Republican Candidate Tells Group Close Door on Opponent Echoes Call to "Get Your Gun"

Atlantic County Sheriff and Republican candidate for Senate Frank X. Balles.
Atlantic County Sheriff and Republican candidate for Senate Frank X. Balles.
Atlantic County Sheriff and Republican candidate for Senate in the Second Legislative District Frank X. Balles had a strong message for the New Jersey Second Amendment Society earlier this month.

According to talkinpointsmemo.com, Balles told the group at an appearance on Oct. 7 that if Sen. Jim Whelan approaches them, close the door and go inside. He then echoed an audience member's sentiment to "Go get your gun," according to the report.

Balles was giving a speech on his position concerning guns, according to the report.

Balles is running as a Republican in the Nov. 5 election. He is an Egg Harbor Township resident and an Absegami High School graduate. He's served as sheriff since 2009.

Whelan, the Democratic incumbent, has served since 2008, and was in the General Assembly prior to that. He's voted in favor of four pieces of legislation this year that strengthen regulations on gun control.

The YouTube video attached to this story was originally posted by Bold Departure, a user who has uploaded other appearances by candidates before the society.

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