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Washington County Sheriff calls for Assault Weapons Ban

MACHIAS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --  Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith says he will be the first Sheriff in Maine to publicly call for an assault weapons ban in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings.  

"I certainly believe in the Constitution and like I said Second Amendment, but the right to bear arms isn't all arms and it doesn't give us the right to have firepower in our backyards or nuclear weapons or a SCUD missile and some common sense has to play into this and it's time that we do have an assault weapons ban,"  Said smith.

When asked if he thought that the focus should be on addressing the lack of mental healh services instead of gun control, Sheriff Smith said both are important.

 "There's no question about that I mean I think that sheriffs have been speaking about that for some time because of what we see in the jails, I mean the great majority of jail overcrowding issues are due to the mental illness and the lack of resources to deal with that there's no doubt, there's no question it is certainly two tiered but at the same time you've got to have put some common sense into this," explained the sheriff.

The NRA sent out an email earlier this week stating it planned to host a press conference in the Washington D.C. area on Friday to address the issue of the school shooting and gun control.