Mobile Police Chief Speaks Out On Gun Control

Mobile Police Chief Speaks Out On Gun Control

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Mobile, AL -

What you would expect of law enforcement.

"We make a conscious effort to go out and to isolate those people who should not be in possession of weapons," says Mobile Police Chief Micheal Williams.

Nothing shows that more than through their Operation Impact, which has resulted in over 2500 arrests and the removal of 151 guns. That's not including what his department does on a regular basis.

"We removed 1100 weapons from the streets, the year before that 1700."

But Williams says he'd rather not take a side when it comes to the gun control situation, even though guns played a constant role through his life.

"I don't think there is anything wrong with his father taking his son out, teaching him to shoot a little .22 rifle as my father did. And I was taught to respect weapons."

Instead, he encourages gun education, proficiency and respect. And especially learning to properly secure your gun.

"Some of those weapons that we seized came from motor vehicles where the owner left the vehicle unlocked or left that weapon unsecured in that vehicle."

Chief Williams says he really doesn't believe there is legislation out there that can stop gun violence once and for all.

But he says more needs to be done to make sure guns are kept way out of the reach of the mentally unstable.

"We have to make sure that we identify those problem people whether it's through the mental health system."

And when all is said and done--

"Everyone has a right to protect themselves."

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