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Biden’s gun control proposal a good one

Biden’s gun control proposal a good one

To the Editor:

President Joe Biden has recently made very appropriate reference to the need for strengthened gun control legislation.

To be specific about this topic, it is suggested that a requirement be established for owners of hazardous weapons to secure a license for such ownership and to carry such license at any time the subject weapon is carried away from its owner’s residence. Such requirement would be totally equivalent to the well-established requirement that a driver’s license be available at any time a motor vehicle is operated.

In no way is the above suggestion intended to violate or lessen the rights of law-abiding citizens who are gun owners. Much to the contrary, it is intended to clarify their right to own and use a weapon for appropriate purposes, such as wildlife hunting, or other often competitive events.

President Biden inspired these thoughts. It would be a remarkable achievement if he could convince the U.S. Congress and the public to adopt the above thoughts or their equivalent, to implement his stated intent to strengthen gun control.

Rolf Kaufman


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