Grand Rapids Community Seeks Sheriff's Input on Second Amendment Rights

By KBJR News 1

March 17, 2013 Updated Mar 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM CDT

Grand Rapids, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Ever since the numberous school shooting around the country, tougher restictions on purchasing fire arms has been the talk in the national and state legislatures.

This has people in Grand Rapids concerned about their rights to bear arms and wanted to know how the Sheriff the felt about the issue.

People from the organization Matix of Liberity organized a meeting with Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams to talk to the community about their concerns over government legislation that would tighten gun control laws.

"Background checks aren't going to stop someone from doing anything, there again you have to deal with the morality side of it and you can't legislate morality," said Matt Fultz who is a member of Matrix of Liberty.

Word got out pretty quickly when they found out Sheriff Williams was going to share his thoughts on the recent legislation.

In Minnesota there are four bills in the house addressing tighter regulations on background checks when purchasing fire arms and people in Grand Rapids want to make sure the Sheriff understands their concerns.

"We know that he's got our back and we have his back if anything happens should anything happen as far as legislative action in the state of Minnesota," said Fultz.

Some of the public's main concerns had to do with weather or not the government could come and take away people's fire arms and what the Sheriff's position is on that issue.

The Sheriff made clear his job is to protect the citizens and their constitutional rights.

"If you give the sheriff teeth to deal with the ones who violate the laws and give us what we need to hold those accountable who break the law with fire arms, our law abiding people don't need to be further restricted. It's important that as a sheriff that I take that position that we stop increasing laws on law abiding people and hold those accountable who are breaking the law," said Williams.

Assuring the public he has the citizens best interest in mind.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
kanderson@kbjr.com

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