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Consequences of requiring background checks

Published: March 3, 2013
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In response to Penny Norman (Your Views, Feb. 25): The National Rifle Association represents around 4 million gun owners out of around 80 to 100 million. The NRA doesn't represent me and many other gun owners. We already have background checks on any firearm being bought from a dealer. What's being proposed is requiring person-to-person sales to have background checks. Once you pass this law, how do you actually tell if a background check was done?

The only way they'll be able to enforce universal background checks is by requiring registration of all guns to see who owns what. Registration of guns will eventually lead to confiscation. The victims of gun violence deserve to have the perpetrators of the violence punished and not innocent, law-abiding people.

Michael Davis, Oklahoma City