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Letter: We need to fix U.S. gun laws, not scrap them




To the editor:

I am writing in response to your the June 24 editorial, “Focus: Gun sales; Supreme Court decision win for public.” I don’t disagree with prosecuting individuals who provide guns to criminals or the use of background checks without a registry. We should strive to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them; however, the current law is flawed as outlined by the dissenting court opinion. There are volumes that could be written about the flaws.

The primary reason I am writing is because the editorial contains misinformation. The writer alludes to the fact that background check information can be used to trace a firearm to the original buyer to support the position, and changing the system would harm law enforcement efforts to trace weapons. This is inaccurate.

The NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) destroys information after the background check is complete. If you go to the FBI website under the privacy policy on the NICS factsheet you will find, “Per Title 28, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 25.9(b)(1), (2) and (3), the NICS Section must destroy all identifying information on allowed transactions prior to the start of the next NICS operational day.”

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