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Local Law Enforcement React to Gun Restrictions

Posted at: 01/17/2013 6:33 PM
Updated at: 01/17/2013 6:50 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- One day after President Obama announced his plan to combat gun violence in this country, law enforcement is speaking out. Authorities in our area say they'll support the president but still have some concerns.

The idea of gun restrictions has its fair share of controversy. While some feel it's a violation of constitutional rights, Rochester's Chief of Police Roger Peterson, believes it's not his place to argue.

"My job is to enforce that law, not to make it and I'm very concerned about these that would say, in my interpretation you know, the constitution says something different than the supreme court says so I'm going to do it my way," said Roger.

Banning semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazine clips are just a few of the steps that President Obama plans on taking, but it won't be easy.

"We have been facing some problems that we really haven't faced in the past and there's a lot of things that need to be done in terms of why and how we medicate those things," said Roger.

"There's a number of guns that are out there and you know they could go overseas to find these guns through illegal means and stuff and have them shipped back into the country so it's going to be difficult to accomplish," said Mower County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mark May.

Deputy May says more funds will be needed to enforce any new restrictions.

"It could mean an increase in staffing for different agencies and stuff to get this accomplished," said May.

Even though there most likely won't be a complete fix to the problem, any fix is a step in the right direction.

"It sounds good in theory, but to put it into practicality, it's going to be hard to do," said May.

"I don't think that there is a solution to the underlying causes of this but it is a step that hopefully will at least limit some of the damage that's done in these types of things," said Roger.

Not everybody is on-board with gun control. The Pine County Sheriff from Northern Minnesota says he would refuse to enforce any new state or federal regulation that restricts guns.