ELLENSBURG, Wash.-- As the debate on gun control and assault rifles continues to heat up across the country, a local Vietnam veteran is taking matters into his own hands.
Frank Harwood served in the Navy during Vietnam and says he's owned two assault rifles for about 15 years, but after hearing about the devastating shooting in Connecticut, decided he wanted to make a change.
Harwood contacted the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office for help destroying the weapons. Deputies took them to a local fire department to use the Jaws of Life to tear the rifles apart.
Harwood says he used to be an avid hunter and even a member of the NRA, but now, has no use for the military style guns and didn't want them in his home after this latest mass shooting.
"I thought of the things that I owned and I thought that I didn't want to see those ever fall into the hands of somebody who would use them for bad purpose," Harwood said.
He also says he's still a strong believer in the Second Amendment and would never want his right to bear arms taken away. In fact, he still owns several handguns, but he says there needs to be restrictions in place to protect people.
Along with the two rifles, Harwood turned over about a thousand rounds of ammunition.