Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff has written a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein denouncing her federal legislation that proposes to ban assault weapons in this country.
“I believe [the legislation] is overreaching within the context of our Second Amendment. It places legitimate citizens, both now and in the future, at potential risk of not being able to lawfully defend themselves, or to participate in legitimate recreational shooting sports that should be available to all across our great nation. In the end, I believe this proposed bill will cause far more harm than any good,” Sniff wrote in his Feb. 1 letter to Feinstein.
The letter was also sent to the county’s congressional representatives, according to Sniff’s office.
Sniff argues that rather than focus on banning weapons that are “universally” used by law-abiding citizens, the emphasis should be on increasing efforts to keep firearms and other weapons out of the hands of those who should not have them. He also argues for increased punishment for those who “willfully misuse” firearms.
“Although our state and local law enforcement agencies do not enforce federal laws, and you have served our State well over many years in many ways, I do not support this proposed legislation, and I recommend others in Congress also oppose it,” Sniff wrote.
See the attached to read the full letter.