TUSCUMBIA, AL (WAFF) - Several law enforcement officials here in North Alabama feel that President Obama's orders will not change a thing on the streets. Officials said they have mixed feelings about the proposals.
The big issue they see is everything happening at the federal level with federal agencies, nothing at the local level where the problems occur.
"State and municipal government just don't have the resources or the means to do what he's asking to be done on background checks," explained Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan.
Chief Logan said the president's desire to "close the loop holes" is on a federal level.
He said he does not see a way to regulate private sales.
"We can't, state and local government, run background checks on parties because that's illegal unless it's for law enforcement, criminal justice purposes as the laws are written currently," said Logan.
Those laws will have to be enacted by congress to change, and the president is already vowing to go around them. In the end, Chief Logan said it does not matter what lawmakers put on paper.
"If they want to obtain a weapon, it's like anything else, drugs are illegal in this country if somebody wants drugs there's an ability to get them, if somebody wants a weapon they'll be able to get it and no law on the books will be able to change it," said Logan.
Keep in mind the president's proposals are not all negative. Law enforcement officers agree there is a loophole in reporting mental health issues.
"I do agree they are going to try and do some things on the mental health side to try and do a better job of follow up there," expressed Logan, "but then again when it trickles down to the state, Alabama we're a classic example we have very little resources when it comes to dealing with mental health so those are some concerns."
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