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Feb 8, 2013 12:03 PM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News

MT Sheriffs address gun control debate in Helena

HELENA - Members of the Montana Sheriff's & Peace Officers Association are speaking out in response to proposed legislation and recent shootings across the country.

The group held a meeting on Thursday in Helena to discuss guns and violence, and say they believe it's important to let the public know their stance as a group on gun control issues.

"We feel the need through the questions of our public not only in my county but in all the counties across the state of Montana about their gun rights,"Chouteau County Sheriff Vern Burdick said.

"I think it's important for us to stand up and make a statement to let folks know that the sheriffs are here, we've took an oath, and we're here to protect their civil rights along with everything that comes along with being a sheriff," he added.

The group plans to draft a public statement describing their position.

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