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June 18, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Background checks for gun purchasers

Background checks should be instantaneous

Instantaneous background checks during gun purchases is a good idea, but I will not support the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility’s (WALFGUR) petition to require it for many private transfers. [“Advocates unveil gun background-check initiative,” NW Wednesday, June 12]

Their initiative is not about background checks. It’s about increasing the waiting period for purchasing a firearm from five to 10 days. That is about gun control, not about background checks.

According to WALFGUR’s own website, it only takes 90 seconds to perform these checks. So why wait 10 days?

As a gun owner, this is what drives me crazy about universal background checks. I like the idea, but gun-control advocates use the issue to impose more restrictions on law-abiding gun owners, restrictions that have nothing to do with background checks.

This is 2013. We can do these background checks instantly. I hope that WALFGUR takes back its initiative and submits a new one that implements instantaneous background checks.

That is what the voters want.

Dave Orvis, Edmonds

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