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GUNS: Enforce laws already on the books

Letter by David J. Burns, Spanaway on Dec. 31, 2012 at 11:19 am | No Comments »
December 31, 2012 1:53 pm

The recent hysteria concerning gun laws after the Newtown shooting fails to address a simple legal premise: There are far too many gun laws already on the books that prosecutors and judges alike fail to enforce.

If a convicted felon is caught with a firearm, that felon is likely to receive little or no jail time even though federal sentencing guidelines recommend five years of prison time.

I understand that revisiting current gun laws has no one single solution. However, as a society, we can start by getting tougher on crime when it comes to gun law enforcement. Even if it costs us taxpayers more in the form of higher taxes, it is money well spent to protect all people of society, especially our children.


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