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Sheriffs Speak Out Against Gun Ban
When it comes to gun control in Illinois, the Christian County Sheriff says he's not a big fan of the proposed legislation. Bruce Kettelkamp is a member of the Illinois Sheriffs' Association. Last week, the group announced its opposition of House Bill 132, which proposes gun and ammunition bans.
Kettelkamp said the most important common denominator of all the recent mass shootings is mental illness. Because of that, he said, instead of banning weapons, it makes more sense to give law enforcement access to mental health records.
"Many times, probably five to ten times a month, we respond to calls involving a person suffering from mental illness," Kettelkamp said. "It would be nice for the officers to know when they're going to that call, that they know this individual may be suffering from mental illness."
The Illinois Sheriffs' Association is also urging lawmakers to support a concealed carry law. Kettelkamp said not having one violates all citizens' constitutional rights to bear arms.