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Restrictions on Gun Sales

February 04, 2001

Re "City Sets Sights on Gun Sales," Jan 23.

The Cindy Miscikowskis and Mike Feuers of this world just do not get it. The addition of more restrictions on the legal purchase of firearms will do nothing to deter violent crime. . . . We do not have the resources to adequately enforce all gun legislation currently in place. To add another layer of "protection" (i.e. another bureaucratic impediment to the legal purchase of firearms) is ludicrous.

The only thing that fingerprinting will accomplish is soiling the fingers of potential purchasers. Without a team of law enforcement officers observing every transaction, if purchase is denied, the prospective purchaser flees. If there is some mistake and a purchaser is unjustifiably denied the purchase, we have deprived him or her of a property right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

I do not advocate repealing all gun control legislation ever enacted. Law enforcement needs more resources in the form of additional officers, equipment and training. We do not need more red tape and government waste on feel-good measures that accomplish nothing.

MICHAEL J. ALLEGRETTI

Northridge

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