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Letter: Gun control legislation vital to public safety

To the Editor:

A few words about gun legislation for our newly elected governor. Many years ago, I knew a young fellow who was sent to prison after being convicted of grand theft auto. He was sentenced to three years but got released after 30 months for good behavior. He became a mechanic at a new car dealership, got married, bought a house and had a big family. He turned his life around and never got into trouble again.

He had a big firearm collection. He did his own reloading. He won a trap-shooting competition. But because he was a convicted felon, he did not have a firearm owner’s identification card. How did he get all of those weapons? It was very easy. Some were from his brother. His wife was able to buy as many guns as he wanted. Fortunately, he went straight and never hurt anybody. But had he been convicted of a violent crime and returned to that kind of life (as many felons do), things could have been a bloody mess.

I would like to suggest you push for legislation to stop this problem. For example, if a person meets all of the requirements for buying a firearm, he or she also should have to sign a statement that says if they allow that firearm to get into the possession of a convicted felon, they might be held partially responsible for any of the crimes that the felon commits with that gun. In other words, make it against the law to help anyone without a FOID card get a gun.

I hope this works.

Kenneth E. Van Horn

DeKalb

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