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Minnesota sheriff: Federal government has no right to dictate gun control

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Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole
PINE CITY, Minn. (KMSP) -

Pine County, Minnesota Sheriff Robin Cole sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden saying federally-mandated gun control measure violate his interpretation of the Constitution and won't be enforced in his county if passed.

"If the State of Minnesota desires to change current law, then it must do so through the legitimate process of legislation," Sheriff Cole said. "In my opinion it is a moral sin to erode freedom through obscure regulation and administrative rules."

President Obama is asking Congress on Wednesday to pass a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition clips holding more than ten bullets. The president will also propose universal background checks as part of the administration's effort to curb gun violence in the United States.

Vice President Biden led a task force that gathered proposals for reducing gun violence, which sought input from law enforcement officials across the county. Hennepin County Rich Stanek was among those who attended a White House session with Biden, as president of the Major County Sheriff's Association.

Biden's group reached a consensus on some of those proposals, which were presented to the president.

PINE COUNTY SHERIFF'S LETTER

January 15, 2013

As Sheriff of Pine County, it is important for residents to know my position as it relates to the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. In the past week I have had several requests and one meeting on this matter. Normally I attempt to remain neutral on matters of politics but this issue transcends political division and I feel it appropriate to state my position.

I believe that the right to keep and bear firearms is fundamental to our individual freedom and that firearms are a part of life in our county. The Federal Government has a constitutional role in the governance of our republic but the United States of America is a democratic republic of individual sovereign states. Each state has the absolute right to establish laws, within the confines of the constitution which is the supreme law of this republic, to regulate behavior.

As Sheriff, I swore an oath to follow the Constitution of the United States and to enforce the laws of the State of Minnesota. I believe current state law is sufficient to protect the public safety while providing individuals the right to keep and bear arms.

If the State of Minnesota desires to change current law, then it must do so through the legitimate process of legislation. In my opinion it is a moral sin to erode freedom through obscure regulation and administrative rules. I believe this is also true for both State and Federal Government.

I do not believe the Federal Government or any individual in the Federal Government has the right to dictate to the states, counties or municipalities any mandate, regulation or administrative rule that violates the United States Constitution or it various amendments. I would view any such mandate, regulation or administrative rule illegal and refuse to carry it out.

Robin K. Cole

Pine County Sheriff

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