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Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Position on Gun Legislation


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(Hat tip Gary Marbut for the forward. Thank You, Gary!)

Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Position on Gun Legislation

Adopted February 7, 2013 by the Board of Directors

http://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.

  1. February 21, 2013 at 18:10

    Stated well and agree.

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