Washington County Sheriff Calls for Ban on Assault Weapons

Machias - The sheriff of Washington County says he wants to lead the way in calling for a Maine ban on assault weapons.  This, in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.
 
Sheriff Donnie Smith says he supports the constitutional right to bear arms, but he doesn't believe that means all arms.  Smith says common sense has come into play and it's time to end the sale of semi-automatic weapons.
 
The sheriff adds that Sandy Hook shooter Adama Lanza's history of mental problems, and those who have committed similar crimes, is reason for Maine and other states to do more to address mental illness.
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Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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