Lake County Coverage

Jan 25, 2013 2:29 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center

Lake Co. Sheriff won't enforce new federal gun rules

POLSON - Lake County Sheriff Jay Doyle has become the latest Western Montana law enforcement official to say that he won't enforce the new gun rules that were recently proposed by President Obama.

"Although I recognize that gun violence is a growing problem in this country, I do not believe taking guns from law abiding citizens is the solution," Doyle said in a news release.

He released the statement to the media Friday afternoon, saying that he'd recently been asked about his stance on the issue, and says that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms is sacred to me."

The sheriff added, "I do not support, nor will I enforce the seizure of firearms from law abiding Lake County citizens if such a law is enacted by the Federal Government."

Sheriff Tom Rummel, in neighboring Sanders County, issued a similar statement earlier this week, saying that no matter what the President says on gun control, he won't listen.

"We will not support any executive orders or federal rules or regulations that are contrary to the constitution of the U.S. or Montana," Rummel said.

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