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Second Amendment rights shouldn’t include assault weapons

In the late 1780s, the Second Amendment was written, giving citizens the right to bear arms. These arms were single-shot rifles, pistols, bows, swords, etc.

Some people 200 years later have interpreted this to mean the right to bear 50-round-plus automatic assault weapons. I think these kinds of weapons should only be in the hands of our military or police, not the private citizen who is a gun enthusiast/worshiper. Anyone who needs more than one shot to kill a deer (or a person invading his house) is a bad shot and should not own a gun without demonstratively improving his skills.

A license to own a gun should be as important as a license to drive a car.

Dolores “DD” Johnson

Nevada City



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