El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini fired off a letter to Vice President Joe Biden, emphatically opposing the new gun control proposals.
“The bottom line is, gun control is not going to work. It hasn’t in the past and it’s not going to work in the future,” the sheriff told FOX40 on Tuesday. “Hopefully those back in the dome in Washington, D.C., will listen.”
“Congress should restore a ban on military-style assault weapons and a 10-round limit for magazines,” D’Agostini said.
The proposals facing Congress, came after the Connecticut school shooting, which killed 20 students and six teachers.
The sheriff’s letter dated Jan. 17, tells Biden, “Our nation’s problems with violent crime is not an issue of firearms; it is an issue of mental illness…”
“Maybe if they took that same amount of money (for gun restrictions) and moved it into the mental health system, help them get the services they need,” D’Agostino said.
He says it’s his duty to uphold the Constitution and support people’s right to protect themselves, providing residents with licenses to carry firearms.
“Conservatively, 4-500 percent, hold more CCW licenses in my county (since he took office). And crime hasn’t gone rampant,” the sheriff added.