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Letter: We need to fix U.S. gun laws, not scrap them


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Note: The statements, views, and opinions contained in this letter to the editor are those of the author and are not endorsed by, nor do they necessarily reflect, the opinions of Daily Journal.

To the editor:

I am writing in response to your the June 24 editorial, “Focus: Gun sales; Supreme Court decision win for public.” I don’t disagree with prosecuting individuals who provide guns to criminals or the use of background checks without a registry. We should strive to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them; however, the current law is flawed as outlined by the dissenting court opinion. There are volumes that could be written about the flaws.

The primary reason I am writing is because the editorial contains misinformation. The writer alludes to the fact that background check information can be used to trace a firearm to the original buyer to support the position, and changing the system would harm law enforcement efforts to trace weapons. This is inaccurate.

The NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) destroys information after the background check is complete. If you go to the FBI website under the privacy policy on the NICS factsheet you will find, “Per Title 28, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 25.9(b)(1), (2) and (3), the NICS Section must destroy all identifying information on allowed transactions prior to the start of the next NICS operational day.”

The FBI is however allowed to keep records on denials. The real story with NICS is the 700,000-plus denials the FBI boasts about on their website. Where is the Justice Department on prosecuting these 700,000-plus supposed documented instances of someone breaking the law? This is the poster child for our inability to enforce existing laws while some call for new laws. It may also be a glaring example of people who had their rights violated, or more likely a combination thereof.

A felony conviction will bring ruin to this man’s life, and the legal battle alone surely already has. I ask, do you believe the interests of society and justice have been advanced by the ruination of this man? What harm has been done? I will acquiesce to the writer’s snarky closing point that many gun rights supporters decry decisions that they should not. I will however add that as many or more with anti-gun positions spread misinformation due to their poor understanding of the issues. The argument is not to scrap the entire system but to replace it with something which does not cast a wide net over the innocent.

Frank Rossa,

chairman

Libertarian Party of Johnson County

Resident of White River Township

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