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El Dorado County gun advocates stocking up on supplies, sheriff takes aim at executive orders

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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The possibility of tighter restrictions on the sale of ammunition and banning the sale of “military-style” guns has many in El Dorado County speaking up and stocking up.

In a letter to Vice President Joe Biden, El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini wrote that as sheriff he is sworn to support and defend the Constitution and he takes his oath of office seriously.

The letter was to reaffirm his oath, but also an opportunity for D’Agostini to voice his support of the Second Amendment.

He wrote that “gun control of any kind has no effect on the reduction of crime, anywhere. If all manner of firearms were removed from within the borders of the US those in society who have no respect for the rule of law, would still find a way to obtain and use firearms.”

He went on to state that even with current laws in place the prohibit felons and specific others from possessing firearms, law enforcement continue to encounter those individuals in possession of firearms.

D’Agostini concluded the letter stating his department will uphold the Constitution.

“My agency will continue to support and defend the Constitutional right of all we serve, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.”

Harlan Baird, 55, of Shingle Springs, said he supports D’Agostini’s message and as a gun owner, he’s been adding to his ammunition stash.

“I don’t know that a ban of certain types of ammo and guns will happen, but I’m still stocking up on ammo for the guns I already have,” he said. “It hasn’t been easy. A lot of (gun stores) are out of shells or are running really low on supplies.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein, (D-Calif) introduced a bill last week that would prohibit the sale of “military-style” assault weapons and ban large-capacity magazines.

The bill would prohibit the sale, manufacture transfer and importation of 157 of the most commonly-owned military-style assault weapons. It also bans an additional group of assault weapons that can accept a detachable ammunition magazine and have one or more military characteristics.

 “I believe this bill is a big step toward ending the mass shootings that have devastated families across the country—from Newtown to Aurora, from Tucson to Virginia Tech, from Columbine to Oak Creek,”

Feinstein said. “It’s time for Americans to stand up and tell the gun manufacturers that the lives of our children are more important than their profits and get these dangerous weapons out of our schools, our workplaces, our malls and our theaters. It’s time to take action, and we’ll get it done, not matter how long it takes.”

Not everyone shares Feinstein’s view.

“It’s all ridiculous,” said Lisa Glassman. “(Politicians) are using the recent shootings to further their own agenda.”

Baird echoed Glassman’s sentiments.

“These people think that taking guns from law abiding citizens will stop or decrease crime. That makes no sense,” he said. “The only people that will have guns are those that get the illegally.”