Minn. sheriff outspoken regarding federal gun laws

10:08 PM, Jan 17, 2013   |    comments
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PINE CITY, Minn. - After receiving "numerous" phone calls from residents, Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole sent an open letter stating his position on the Second Amendment.

"I have people calling me who are afraid," said Sheriff Cole. "They fear that their right to keep firearms is somehow going to be removed."

In the letter, Cole states that the right to bear arms is "fundamental" and "part of life in country." The goal of the letter is to reassure residents that the Sheriff's Department does not intend to enforce any federal regulation, mandate, or executive order regarding guns.

"We enforce the law by rule of law, not by dictates and not by ideas," he says. "We follow the laws of the state of Minnesota and if the state chooses to adjust or amend the existing laws that are on the books than that is a process for the state of Minnesota to go through."

Sheriff Cole estimates 80 percent of residents in Pine County own a firearm. He says guns are not the problem, but rather a deeper look into mental illness and violent video games needs to take place.

"It's not about firearms," he says. "It's about a process that's outlined in the Constitution and if any gun law is going to change it needs to be done through the construct of our Constitution."

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