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GUNS: Background check is a reasonable limit

Letter by Lawrence Wyman, Gig Harbor on Sep. 29, 2014 at 11:33 am | No Comments »
September 29, 2014 1:35 pm

The Second Amendment says: A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

That language is concise, precise and debatable on what those ol’ guys meant.

The U.S. Supreme Court has since ruled it is not an unlimited right, allowing the federal, state and local governments to infringe on “the people’s right.” So in essence we have “the people” and we have the unworthy.

I feel Initiative 594 is our right to impose a sensible infringement of “the peoples right” through background checks that the person receiving the firearm is in fact one of “the people” and not a known terrorist, addle-brained or previously restricted from gun ownership by a court of law. How else is it to be determined that the receiving person is in fact one of “the people” and not undeserving?

We don’t live in a theoretical world, and the reality of our lives is that there are individuals who should not have firearms in their possession. Licensed dealers must comply and complete background checks; it’s a no-brainer to require all freelancers to participate in that process.

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