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ELECTION: Lantz misstates Angel’s vote on gun bill

Letter by Janice Hendrick, Ollala on Oct. 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm | No Comments »
November 1, 2013 9:22 am

Re: “Angel favors guns over DV victims” (letter, 10-29).

It’s appropriate to deny violent offenders possession of a gun. The claim, however, made by former state Rep. Pat Lantz, that HB 1840 is “common sense legislation,” is far from accurate.

The problem with this bill is that it goes way too far in denying people their constitutional rights. People who have committed no crime would be subject to felony possession charges if they didn’t surrender their guns. This could be caused by an order of protection, or restraining order, which can be granted without any proof of a crime being committed.

Our citizens deserve due process; they shouldn’t have their rights stripped away by accusations alone.

Because of these concerns, many Democrats and Republicans, including Angel, voted against HB 1840. There was an attempt to amend HB 1840 that would have narrowed the focus of the bill by targeting only those who pose a serious threat. Had liberals agreed, HB 1840 would’ve enjoyed strong bipartisan support.

The fact that Nathan Schlicher is willing to deny innocent people their Second Amendment rights is concerning to me. His “D” rating on Second Amendment issues is obviously well earned.


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