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October 14, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Gun control: Pro I-594 view is not grounded in the Constitution

In his letter, Marshall Dunlap seems to know little about the U.S. Constitution, guns, self defense and criminals [“Background-check inconvenience worth it to keep guns from criminals,” Northwest Voices, Oct. 7]. He writes, “No one needs a gun, especially a handgun. …”

Need is not mentioned in the Second Amendment, which states, “The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Dunlap also writes, “The idea that a handgun is essential for self-protection is a myth.” There are many, many cases where a law-abiding citizens uses his or her handgun with good results for the law-abiding. Guns are used for defense more than a million times a year, mostly without firing a shot.

Since criminals already disobey the law, will they do a background check when they obtain a gun from another criminal? Will they do it when they steal one?

Initiative 594 essentially requires that a background check be done whenever a gun is handed to anyone other than an immediate family member. It is more than an inconvenience, it is an expensive, time-wasting imposition on law-abiding hunters, target shooters, and participants in gun-safety classes.

Reject I-594. Criminals would not follow it. Sadly, it would tend to criminalize law-abiding gun-owners.

Bob Langenbach, SeaTac

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