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October 9, 2014 at 7:04 AM

I-594: Focus on violence, not disarming citizens

The gun-control initiative is touted as a tool for keeping guns out of the wrong hands [“I-594 is the right tool to keep guns out of the wrong hands,” Opinion, Oct. 3]. But, actually, it would benefit no one other than black-market gun dealers, licensed gun dealers and government agencies who would collect fees and fines, and those trying to lay the groundwork for confiscation.

It would not have prevented recent high-profile beheading, bombing, knifing or shooting incidents. And it’s naive to think criminals, street gangs or terrorists would pay the slightest attention to it. On the downside, it would force law-abiding men or women wanting a pistol to first get a concealed-carry permit, burden the police with more useless paperwork and discourage honest citizens from adequately arming themselves or inheriting Grandma’s gun. I-594 has no place in a free country. Focus should be on controlling violence, not on disarming good people.

Robert Allison, Sammamish

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