Jan 182013

The 1/17/2013 Denver Post published my LTE opposing pointless new background checks for private arms sales.

Here is the text of the LTE (including a link to the editorial I was responding to):

More background checks (and fees) for gun sales?
Re: “Hickenlooper’s endorsement of gun background checks hard to gauge,” Jan. 11 news story.

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed new background checks for private gun sales are deeply misguided. If a law-abiding gun owner sells his used rifle via private sale to another law-abiding gun owner without a background check, there is no victim and no harm.

Northeastern University criminology professor James Fox recently noted, “Most mass murderers do not have criminal records or a history of psychiatric hospitalization. They would not be disqualified from purchasing their weapons legally.”

Newtown killer Adam Lanza stole his mother’s guns — which would not have been prevented by a background check. Mandatory ID checks of law-abiding customers purchasing Sudafed in their local pharmacies have not stopped illegal meth labs. Similarly, mandatory background checks for private firearms purchases merely impose unnecessary new burdens on the law-abiding, but will not stop the bad guys.

Paul Hsieh, Sedalia

This letter was published in the Jan. 17 edition.

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