Rockingham Co. Sheriff discusses gun control with lawmakers

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WENTWORTH, N.C. -- Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page recently spent a week in Washington D.C. with other sheriffs and lawmakers talking about gun control.

Page said the issue is complex and there are several components that need to be looked at. He said simply banning assault rifles or high magazines will not fix it.

Page said more support for mental health issues is just one thing lawmakers are looking at.

He also emphasized better training, cracking down on criminals who violate current gun laws and putting more resource officers in schools.

Permits to get a gun have shot up in Rockingham County. The sheriff’s office issued about 400 concealed weapons permits in 2011. Last year, there were more than 800.

Page said it is too early for any drastic changes to go into effect, but he is optimistic.

Cracking down on immigration was another big topic that was talked about during the conference.

READ: The position of the National Sheriffs Association on gun control