Truth about gun laws

Published: Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 23, 2004 at 10:52 p.m.

This is in response to several letters that have been written in the last few days concerning gun control and assault weapons. There has been a lot of hysteria and information that is not true being written, and this needs to be cleared up.

The anti-gunners claim that the assault weapons ban, when it expires this year, will cause the crime rate to increase and that these weapons of war need to be banned. The assault weapons ban only stopped new so-called assault weapons from being imported or sold to civilians. There has never been a ban on the ones in circulation.

The weapons banned are semi-auto rifles that look like military weapons. They function just like any other semi-auto hunting rifle or shotgun. Military versions can fire full-auto or semi-auto. A civilian can only purchase and own one of these with a class 3 license.

Concerning purchasing of firearms, anyone wishing to by a firearm must have an instant background check done at the time of purchase. Keeping the records of law abiding citizens is exactly what Hitler did in Germany before he confiscated all of the firearms.

Most law enforcement support law-abiding citizens owning firearms and realize keeping a registry is really not a useful law enforcement tool since a firearm can be stolen or sold. Forensic science is so advanced that a good team of investigators can tell when and how a person died. Ballistics play a role if a firearm is used, since all firearms have their own way that they shoot. Of course some old-fashioned police work, concerning motive and who might have murdered someone is helpful as well.

The point is anti-gunners think they know about firearms and the laws that regulate them. Well they do not!

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