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Firing away

Gary Brown

This letter is in response to the AP article, which The Union printed June 13 titled “Research: Guns bought out of state.”

The article is incorrect and gives misleading information. It states that Californians are buying guns illegally at out-of-state gun shows where the state laws are lax and using the illegal guns in local crimes in California. The article makes this statement without examples or statistics to back it up. Specifically, the article mentions Arizona and Nevada. The law in these states requires that buyers be a resident of the state in which in the gun is purchased unless the dealer has a Federal Firearms License or is a collector with a Curio and Relics (C&R) Firearms License.

Curios and Relics are guns that are more than 50 years old. Before purchasing a gun, one’s residence must be proven with a driver’s license or state ID. Dealers and C&R collectors must have a signed copy of their license and out-of-state ID. State and federal law requires a computer background check on all gun sales at gun shows; there are no gunshow loopholes. Exceptions: If a gun is more than 100 years old, it is antique and no gun laws apply, except for automatic weapons. When was the last crime committed with an antique gun?

Gary Brown

(Military Weapons Historian)

Nevada City

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