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Sheriff Jim Hammond explains his Obama comments

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 Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond Photo by Doug Strickland / Times Free Press  Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond Photo by Doug Strickland / Times Free Press

CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond appeared before county commissioners today to explain comments he made Tuesday about insecurity-driven gun sales in the community.

During an interview Tuesday, Hammond said because President Barack Obama was in office as the nation's first black president, some in the community were insecure.

Today Hammond told commissioners his comment about Obama was taken out of context, but he did say fear existed in the county.

"I do sense a lot of fear in our citizens. I think that is evident in terms of what we've seen in the number of handgun permits," Hammond said. "...What you see on those headline is not Sheriff Jim Hammond. It was the editorial staff taking words and making their own headlines," Hammond said.

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