Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott gained widespread attention on social media Monday when his office shared a post about his opposition to recent gun control proposals. The post has since been shared more than 700 times.
Brott’s position comes as state lawmakers from both sides have put forward their own proposals to address gun violence in the state.
The statement specifically points to “red flag” laws, which have been proposed in Minnesota in recent years, though such legislation has yet to pass. These laws would create a process for friends or family members to petition to have firearms taken from those who may be at risk of harming themselves or others.
“I too have concerns for the safety of our children and all citizens, but I don’t believe more restrictive gun control laws will resolve the problems of escalating gun violence in our society,” the post reads.
Brott cited due process and officer safety concerns in relation to the red flag laws.
Most recently, the DFL-controlled House passed a red flag law and a law relating to background checks for private gun sales. But the legislation will face challenges in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Senate GOP leaders unveiled a slate of legislation Tuesday that would also aim to prevent gun violence. Bills proposed include one that would tighten the definition of a drive-by shooting and another that would prevent local officials from disarming peace officers. The proposal also includes legislation that would make possession of a pistol by a criminal gang member a felony.
GOP leaders and Brott cite issues with drug and gang violence as priorities over increased gun control.
Sherburne County also found itself in the center of the gun control conversation when several Republican lawmakers, including House minority leader Kurt Daudt, penned a letter to local officials asking them to consider taking up the status of a Second Amendment “sanctuary city.”
This destination indicates opposition to many gun control measures and emphasizes a commitment to Second Amendment rights. Roseau County became the first Minnesota county to take up the status in January.