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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 1:30 pm

Idaho law officers won't help federal agents seize assault rifles or illegal ammunition – nor are they even being asked to do so, despite rumors to the contrary.

Mike Kane, a former deputy attorney general turned lobbyist for the Idaho Sheriffs' Association, said the 23 executive orders signed by President Barack Obama issued last week primarily address things like background checks, education and reporting requirements.

I've read them and there's nothing that says it's up to my officers to seize guns or gun parts or ammunition,” he said. “There's a rumor going around that we're being put in a position to seize guns for the feds, but it's not in the executive orders anywhere.”

Kane gave an hour-long presentation to about 30 people Wednesday morning regarding current federal and state gun laws. About 15 state lawmakers attended the meeting.

We've been under tremendous pressure at the association, as I'm sure you have been, to do something in light of (the recent mass shootings) in Colorado and Connecticut,” he said. “Here's the plan: The association will be meeting in Boise Feb. 5. We're going to take a position. I don't know what that position will be, but it's going to be measured and thoughtful. It will not be, I can assure you, that we're going to assist in the seizure of people's firearms or ammunition. We aren't going to bring legislation to restrict concealed weapons or that restrict the right to open carry. These are constitutional rights.”

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