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Enforce current gun laws


Re: “Checks, flaws and lies” by Jimmie

George, April 4 Letters.

Finally, The Dallas Morning News printed a letter hoping for stronger enforcemen­t of our current gun laws. The majority of the letters you print are from people trying to get more laws passed in the name of more gun control.

In late March, The News printed a letter (“Close gun sales loopholes” by Howard Vestal) in support of making it mandatory for all gun purchases to proceed through the national database. Most people are not opposed to this.

It seems reasonable but would affect only gun owners who obey the law. That letter writer was so proud that, since its inception in the 1990s, the background check system had denied purchase of over 3 million guns. What he left out was that less than one-half of 1% of these people were prosecuted, resulting in jail time for a conviction.

It’s a felony to falsify the federal gun form, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The enforcemen­t of this law is a joke. Can’t the anti-gun crowd see this? If only all our citizens who want more laws would demand enforcemen­t of current laws, I’m sure that the rest of the 50 million to 60 million law-abiding American gun owners would stand with them. Then as a team we might bring meaningful change to gun violence in this country.

Don Burton, Eustace

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