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Skelton: Stricter laws needed for gun ownership

February 11, 2013|By Los Angeles Times Staff

When soldiers are dishonorably discharged, the law prevents them from owning firearms. The same standard, however, doesn't apply to fired police officers.

In Monday's column, George Skelton wonders if that would have prevented ex-Los Angeles cop Christopher Dorner from getting the weapons he allegedly used in last week's shooting rampage. 

"Maybe, at least, Dorner should have been required to undergo psychological testing upon being sacked to determine whether he was mentally fit to own weapons," he writes. 

Either way, Skelton says, it's too easy to get a gun in America.

"Clearly we’re allowing too many people to buy and possess guns—characters who, by almost any logical criteria, should not be armed," he writes.

All of Skelton's columns are here

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