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Illinois: Illinois Sheriffs' Association Opposes State's Proposed "Assault Weapons" Ban

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Illinois Sheriffs' Association has come out in opposition to the state's proposed "assault weapons" ban according to a recent WJBC.com article.  McLean County Sheriff Mike Emery says the ISA instead wants the state to focus more on mental health issues, not on attacking the Second Amendment and banning semi-automatic firearms.

"The ban is not going after what we believe, in the Sheriffs' Association, is the primary issue," said Sheriff Emery.  "The issue is we need mental health services upgrades. We need to do a better job."

Emery continued, "The Second Amendment seems to be under attack daily now. I think the sheriffs are saying that we should go to the root of the problem, which is mental health illnesses."

An ISA press release that includes the resolution can be seen here.

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