The Washington Post

Secure guns properly


Regarding the Feb. 18 editorial “A compromise on guns in Virginia is a good sign”:

The Post’s Editorial Board was right to give measured praise to Virginia’s House of Delegates for legislatio­n that provides a state income tax credit for purchasing a lock box — preferably with a biometric locking device — to keep personal firearms out of children’s reach. It was also correct to point out there are other common-sense actions that should be taken to reduce the appalling loss of life caused by the irresponsi­ble ways we manufactur­e, distribute and secure deadly weapons.

More than 1 million firearms were stolen between 2017 and 2021, according to a study by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The number is likely much larger because only 15 states have laws requiring gun owners to report a theft. Many of the stolen guns are used in crimes. Every gun successful­ly secured is one less gun that can be used to kill people. The simple effort might seem like a drop in the bucket, but it represents an important step in curtailing gun violence.

Doug Barry, Washington The writer is a senior adviser for the nonprofit Global Action on Gun Violence.

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