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McLennan County Sheriff reacts to gun law proposals


The President announced his comprehensive plan to take on gun violence, Tuesday and he's getting a lot of backlash.

Law enforcement officials across the country are speaking out against the President's new proposed gun laws. McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara says he would have a hard time enforcing laws that he says are unconstitutional.

Sheriff McNamara says, "When the government can come in and protect us and be everywhere at once, then maybe they have a point. But not until then, people have to be responsible for their own safety."

Aside from the President's 23 executive orders, he also strongly urged congress to take action and reinstate the ban on assault weapons and limit magazine clips.

"I think he needs to ban criminals instead of assault riffles and do mandatory sentences for people who misuse guns. Every law abiding citizen in this country, has a right to protect themselves in any way possible."

McNamara did agree with the President on one thing, having tougher punishments for crimes involving a firearm. The new Sheriff suggested having mandatory life sentences for armed robberies and doubling or tripling sentences for felony use of a gun.

The Sheriff says President Obama isn't being realistic by not allowing families to protect themselves.

"He's barking up the wrong tree. He doesn't have a clue. I mean he really doesn't. He goes around in a little bubble with secret service all around him. So he doesn't have to ever worry about protection for the rest of his life and his family lives," said McNamara.

McNamara says the President's new proposals for gun control wouldn't stop or prevent mass shootings because he says those people purposely target place with unarmed people. He said that while no one like to see people get hurt, he's a strong believer in the constitution.

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