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									                               Pine County Sheriff’s Office
                                                                 Robin K. Cole, Sheriff
                                                                                 Steven Blackwell, Chief Deputy
                                                                               Rick Boland, Chief of Corrections

                                              Press release
January 15th, 2013

An open letter to the citizens of Pine County:

As Sheriff of Pine County, it is important for residents to know my position as it relates to the Second
Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. In the past week I have had several requests and
one meeting on this matter. Normally I attempt to remain neutral on matters of politics but this issue
transcends political division and I feel it appropriate to state my position.

I believe that the right to keep and bear firearms is fundamental to our individual freedom and that
firearms are a part of life in our county. The Federal Government has a constitutional role in the
governance of our republic but the United States of America is a democratic republic of individual
sovereign states. Each state has the absolute right to establish laws, within the confines of the
constitution which is the supreme law of this republic, to regulate behavior.

As Sheriff, I swore an oath to follow the Constitution of the United States and to enforce the laws of the
State of Minnesota. I believe current state law is sufficient to protect the public safety while providing
individuals the right to keep and bear arms.

If the State of Minnesota desires to change current law, then it must do so through the legitimate process
of legislation. In my opinion it is a moral sin to erode freedom through obscure regulation and
administrative rules. I believe this is also true for both State and Federal Government.

I do not believe the Federal Government or any individual in the Federal Government has the right to
dictate to the states, counties or municipalities any mandate, regulation or administrative rule that
violates the United States Constitution or it various amendments. I would view any such mandate,
regulation or administrative rule illegal and refuse to carry it out.

Robin K. Cole
Pine County Sheriff

                                   Pine County Sheriff’s Office
                                 635 Northridge Dr. NW, Ste.100
                                      Pine City, MN 55063

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