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Wicomico County Sheriff Testifies Against Gun Control Bill

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WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - As gun control talks continue across the country, one local sheriff speaks out against the passing of a bill by the Maryland State Senate.

On Friday, Sheriff Mike Lewis testified on the House floor about his position on recent gun control bills.

"There's never been a more decisive issue I've seen in the Senate and the House than this passage of Senate Bill 281 and House Bill 294," said Sheriff Lewis.

Lewis says he is for teaching about gun safety and working to find cures for mental health, but he doesn't agree with a magazine capacity restriction or an assault weapon ban.

"I know that there are some people who certainly would disagree with me and I respect their decision to disagree with me, but I will tell you this I respect first and foremost our constitution. I respect our constitution.

"Our founding fathers, our military men and women, our marines, our soldiers who are fighting over in Iraq and Afghanistan every day to protect our freedom, to protect our security. I mean doing a great job to protect our security, which is the safety and security is a foundation of our nation. They're fighting everyday and dying and losing limbs to fight and protect our flag and our constitution.

"I just can't stand down and do nothing. I represent 100,000 people in this county and if it causes me to lose the next election than so be it."

Sheriff Lewis says he will be back in Annapolis next week for more hearings.

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