Nation's Sheriffs Gear Up for Annual Conference

The National Sheriffs' Association's annual conference will be held June 20-26 in Charlotte, N.C.

"Unfortunately, that continues to be something that we all have to pay attention to, and the Israelis are the foremost experienced people in the world," Amerson said.

Following the Dec. 14, 2012 masacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. that killed 20 students and six adults, there was a big push by gun control advocates to pass new legislation.

More than a few sheriffs opposed potential legislation, but Amerson said the dust has settled some and now there is another issue on the table.

"Obviously this past year, the second amendment and the related issues about firearms ownership and carry has been a big deal," he said. "As we moved along, we're now on immigration, which is obviously a hot topic across the country."

The NSA took the position several years ago that securing the nation's borders is the cornerstone to immigration reform. Amerson also said that the group is open to looking at a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already living within the country.

"There's a lot of people with a lot of different opinions in that area, but it's important that we keep things on the front burner for discussion and that we try to work with our leaders in Congress to come up with a workable solution."

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