February 14th, 2013

Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Issues Statement On Gun Control


MT-Sheriffs-&-Peace-Officers-Assn-LogoThis article appeared on the Bozeman Chronicle website. Being from Montana myself, I am pleased to see them stepping forward in protection of the Second Amendment. – Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor

Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association issues statement on gun control

WHITNEY BERMES, Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin, who is the organization’s first vice president, sent the prepared statement, saying the association opposes any legislation that takes away constitutional protections, including gun rights, from law-abiding citizens.

However, the statement said, no legislation affecting the right to bear arms has been introduced in the Montana Legislature.

Taking guns away from citizens doesn’t alleviate or eliminate the threat of violence, but in fact exposes people to violence, because they would have less protection, the organization said.

Recent assaults including firearms, such as the December massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., are not the fault of guns, but of the “often mentally disturbed” shooter, the organization said. The association will continue to support the efforts of the mental health community, the statement said.

“Now is the time to discuss violence in its totality,” the statement said. “The discussion must include stakeholders from all disciplines who are dedicated to and willing to address the myriad and complex issues related to the safety of our communities and our county.”

Noting that it respects the branches of government, the organization said it would continue to participate in the Montana Legislature on firearms issues.

On Jan. 22, Sanders County Sheriff Tom Rummel issued a statement in which he said neither he nor his deputies would “enforce any federal regulations enacted by Congress, or executive orders of the president circumventing the constitutional rights of the citizens of Sanders County.”

Sheriffs in Lake, Powell, Ravalli and Wibaux counties also issued statements saying they would either not participate in confiscating certain guns or refuse to enforce any new federal gun regulations.




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2 Responses to “Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Issues Statement On Gun Control”

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    MT Patriot Says:

    Quoting from the above article: “However, the statement said, no legislation affecting the right to bear arms has been introduced in the Montana Legislature.”

    The right to keep and bear arms is already spelled out in the Constitution (Second Amendment) and the Montana Constitution in Article II, to wit:

    ” Section 12. Right to bear arms. The right of any person to keep or bear arms in defense of his own home, person, and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but nothing herein contained shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons.”

    We need to get every Montana county sheriff on board, or find candidates to run and replace them in the next election!

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    Stu Says:

    Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association
    http://www.mspoa.org/

    The Montana Sheriffs & Peace Officers Association (MSPOA) is committed to public safety, and each of our members has taken an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution of the State of Montana and the United States Constitution, including the Second Amendment.

    The MSPOA believes in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, which guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear arms and that this right shall not be infringed. It is important to note that no legislation affecting this right has been introduced.

    As our state and country continue to discuss and debate gun control legislation, the position of our association remains steadfast: the MSPOA will not waver in our defense of the Constitution and will stand to preserve our constituents’ right to possess firearms and the protections insured by the other nine amendments contained in the Bill of Rights.

    The MSPOA feels that any legislation that takes away constitutional protections, including gun rights, from law-abiding citizens will not alleviate or eliminate the threat from violent or mentally ill individuals. In fact, it would expose our law-abiding neighbors to violence with fewer resources to counter them with.

    America has endured violent assaults of children and adults at the hands of criminals who have used firearms as well as other weapons. The MSPOA does not believe that it is the fault of the weapon, but that of the often mentally disturbed individual who wields it. The MSPOA has long supported the efforts of the mental health community and will continue to do so.

    As professional peace officers, elected and sworn to uphold both the State and U.S. Constitutions, we additionally believe in the importance of the division of power and roles of each of the three branches of government, at both the state and federal level.

    MSPOA feels that now is the time to discuss violence in its totality, not simply as an issue of “gun” violence. Violence is a result of a breakdown on many fronts: family, gangs, drugs, lack of proper mental health treatment, and the proliferation of violence in media, just to name a few. The discussion must include stakeholders from all disciplines who are dedicated to and willing to address the myriad and complex issues related to the safety of our communities and our country.

    The MSPOA remains committed to the safety of the citizens of the State of Montana. We will dedicate our efforts toward active participation in the legislative process and the protection of the rights of the people of our state. We welcome and encourage our neighbors’ active participation in this process as well. As Congress and the Montana legislature debate issues surrounding violence, the Second Amendment, and gun rights, the MSPOA will insure that our voices will be heard.

    http://www.progunleaders.org/MTSheriffs/
    http://cspoa.org/sheriffs-gun-rights/
    http://constitutionclub.ning.com/forum/topics/county-sheriff-s-honor-roll/

    Cascade County, Montana Sheriff Bob Edwards
    Lake County, Montana Sheriff Jay Doyle
    Lewis and Clark County, Montana Sheriff Leo Dutton
    Musselshell County, Sheriff Woodrow Weitseil
    Powell County, Montana Sheriff Scott F. Howard
    Ravalli County, Montana, Sheriff Chris Hoffman
    Sanders County, Montana Sheriff Tom Rummel
    Wibaux County, Montana Sheriff Darby Harrington
    Yellowstone County, Montana Sheriff Mike Linder

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