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March 29, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Gun shows have background checks

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In Jerry Zodin’s letter, “Some shouldn’t be able to own a gun,” Zodin states that there are no background checks at gun shows.

Zodin has obviously never been to a gun show. There are large areas of the show with people filling out background checks all day long.

Any gun vendor at the show with a legitimate gun business is required to have one filled out, just like at a store. The only sellers who are not required to do this are individuals who are selling their own collection and just renting a booth at the show. These sellers are not in the business of selling firearms; it’s a personal transaction. The selection is very limited and generally the guns are used.

I’m not against background checks, but I’m very against misinformation.

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  1. Sean, while true it gets in the way of the message of the progressives.

  2. About one percent of gun sales from U.S. gun shows are made without background checks. In other words, guns are bought from private sellers rather than gun show dealers. How does closing that loop whole address the mental illness and gun use of Adam Lanza and the Newtown Connecticut mass killing spree?

    Carmine D

  3. Public opinion oftentimes has less to do with facts and evidence and more to do with emotions and popularity. How do you want laws passed and approved? Based on the facts and evidence or based on emotions and popularity?

    Carmine D


    If you listened to the media one would think that New York, Illinois or Califonia would be leading the pack in states with the highest stats of gun violence. Actually the top ten states have much loser gun laws than other states and don't require permits for handgun purchases:

    Louisiana - Alaska - Alabama - Arizona - Mississippi - South Carolina - New Mexico - Missouri - Arkansas - Georgia

  5. Rather than requiring gun buyers to pass a background check, maybe we should be requiring them to pass a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation - with the results publicly accessible. Of course applicants would have to pay all for the evaluation and complete any recommended treatments before being approved. Then we could extend that to all current gun owners.

  6. According to the Alcohol Tabacco and Firearms,better known as the ATF.The story that the biggest percentage of guns used in crimes are stolen is just a myth.The fact is only 10% -15% of guns used in crimes are stolen.

    One of the most common ways for criminals to obtain a gun is thru a straw purchase.A straw purchase is done by someone with a clean record who buys the guns under his/her name, for the criminal.

    Another popular way for criminals to obtain guns is at a gun show.To do this the criminal buys from a private gun seller who claims he's selling from his/her own private collection. In some states no identification of any kind is required or asked for.Also this means no back ground check is required either.By buying guns this way the criminal gets around what is called the "the gun show loophole".

    In short a gun can be obtained by most criminals in a matter of hours,and used in a crime that very day.Laws need to be changed and added, to help slow down the purchase of guns by criminals.

  7. "Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited..." "It is "... not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose."

    Justice Antonin Scalia

  8. "Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited..." "It is "... not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose." Justice Antonin Scalia"

    VernosB -- he didn't say that. You lifted it from the Syllabus of District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), which is not written by the court. What Scalia actually said, writing for the entire court, is found at the slip opinion's page 22 (citation and last irrelevant sentence omitted:

    "There seems to us no doubt, on the basis of both text and history, that the Second Amendment conferred an individual right to keep and bear arms. Of course the right was not unlimited, just as the First Amendment's right of free speech was not. . .Thus, we do not read the Second Amendment to protect the right of citizens to carry arms for any sort of confrontation, just as we do not read the First Amendment to protect the right of citizens to speak for any purpose."

    At the end of Heller he wrapped it up with "...the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table." -- District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. (slip opinion at 64) (2008)

  9. "In addition, a report released by our coalition in December 2008 found that states..."

    2008??? Can you find a source that is more timely? Like 2013.

    Carmine D

  10. Vernos:

    If you go by "cities" the gun violence rates are much different. Why? Gang violence. Like Chciago.

    Carmine D