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Valley sheriff speaks out on government gun control

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With a lot of talk now in Washington about gun control, one Valley sheriff said he's taking a stand at any attempt to infringe on gun owners' Second Amendment rights.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said he's heard the voices of the many people coming in to purchase pistol permits. He said if he's forced to take a stand, he will.

Since the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., last month, pistol permits have skyrocketed in DeKalb County.

From December 2011 to January 2012, 357 permits were sold. Over that same period this year, sales soared to 871 permits.

Harris said it's all over democratic talk about gun control. A democrat himself, Harris said he does not agree with the rhetoric coming from Democrats at the federal level.

"You know, that Second Amendment has been there a long time, and I think it will stand. But if it don't, I'll take a stand with these gun owners and we'll stand on the courthouse steps, you know, and tell the federal government to come on," Harris said.

Harris said his biggest concern is if the federal government was to take the guns from good, law-abiding citizens, stating that it would leave them defenseless against the criminals and the government.

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