Seventy-three Sheriffs voted unanimously against supporting a proposed state law banning certain weapons. The Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston said he believes it's a Sheriff's responsibility to uphold the constitution. He said the focus needs to be turned from guns to mental health awareness.
He said, "I've heard it been said that every one of these instances has had a mentally deranged individual present. The Sheriff's Association wanted to bring attention to the problem of mental health in Illinois."
Huston said he sees a demand for mental health care first -hand in the county jails. He said as of Feb. 1, Illinois had 66 inmates waiting for placement in a mental health facility.
Those in favor of the state's proposal to ban certain weapons said there is no reason for citizens to have access to military style weapons.