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August 12, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Background checks: Punishes those who appeal gun purchases

Jim Brady and his wife, Sarah, worked tirelessly to pass the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act [“Honor James Brady by taking real action on gun violence,” Opinion, Aug. 8]. As far as I can ascertain, many claims of accomplishment are made about this law but groups and organizations who support it never mention all of the expense and aggravation caused by it:

They never mention the thousands of citizens who are forced to appeal a gun purchase denial. From 2000 to 2010,  107,157 persons who were denied a gun purchase appealed and the denial was overturned. That means more than 206 people per week were incorrectly denied, and forced to appeal this at their own time and expense. How many people were denied who did not appeal?

In our country, punishment should be reserved for those who have committed a crime. This law punishes us citizens. It is time to end the Brady handgun law.

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