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Some Local Lawmen Lukewarm on New Gun Control Laws

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SACRAMENTO–

President Obama is counting on local police chiefs and sheriffs to stand beside him in his effort to pass stricter gun laws. The president is pushing for Universal background checks, bans on military-style assault weapons and high capacity ammo clips.

But how do the men and women he wants standing beside him feel?

“The California Police Chiefs Association has come out in favor of the President’s proposal,” said John Ruffcorn.

Ruffcorn is Auburn’s police chief and a member of the association, but he isn’t 100 percent on board with their support of the president’s proposal.

“I do not think that we need to pass new laws because I don’t know if they are going to make a difference in stopping mass shootings like what happened back in Newtown,” said Ruffcorn.

Lodi Police Chief Mark Helms is all for the president’s proposal, but he also agrees it won’t fix the violence problem.

John D’Agostino, El Dorado County’s Sheriff, is very much against the president’s proposal. He actually wrote a letter spelling out his opposition.

“The bottom line is gun control doesn’t work it hasn’t worked in the past and it’s not going to work in the future,” said D’Agostino.

But all 3 men agree money spent on mental illness is one good way to fight the violence problem.

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