The Champaign County Sheriff is among those who are opposing an assault weapons ban in Illinois.
Sheriff Dan Walsh is a member of the Illinois Sheriffs' Association, which this week adopted a resolution opposing the ban. But Walsh has taken the stance a step further by sending letters to local state lawmakers and Illinois Congressmen about how gun violence has affected Champaign County.
Walsh said law-abiding citizens with guns are not the problem.
Walsh also said that a step in the right direction is increased mental health services.
Walsh added that the Champaign County Jail is not designed to offer the services that mentally ill people need, and so those people's situations often get worse during their stay there.
Meanwhile, the Illinois Sheriffs' Association is offering some of its own solutions to the gun violence problem, which include giving police access to mental health records, addressing violent video games and prosecution of those who violate existing gun laws.