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Forum: Enforce the gun laws

Updated: November 3, 2013 6:37AM



I am a firm believer in gun laws, if they are enforced. Owning a gun should not make you a criminal, using that gun illegally should. Gun laws should not hinder honest people who happen to own guns.

How many times do we see a shooter (i.e., a criminal) be plea-bargained down to one count of breaking a law (e.g., robbery, assault, murder) when he broke five or six existing gun laws as well — such as a minor or a felon having a handgun, concealed carrying of a gun, transporting a loaded gun in a vehicle or possession of a stolen gun.

Why have these laws when no one ever enforces them? Lock ’em up for the original crime, then tack on the gun charges. No plea bargains of any kind on gun charges and then talk to me about more gun laws.

Mike Smith

Oak Lawn



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