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BRAVO Ray, I could not have said any better!!!!! Your response (below) was "published" after I wrote my note!
Tony (Antonio S. Luisoni)
In a message dated 4/24/2007 12:27:53 PM Pacific Daylight Time, rshreenan(--nospam--at) writes:
Dennis and Gary:

I totally agree on back ground checks for mentally unstable people in
addition to those with criminal records and there should be a well
established data base for ease of checking an individual prior to a gun
sale.  I also believe in limiting sales to weapons that are not assault
I have a problem with registration because if and when the anti gun people
successfully get legislation approved to mandate that all gun owners must
register their weapons, only law abiding citizens will do it and if they
don't they will become criminals.  Furthermore when and if the state or
federal government decides to confiscate all hand guns and other weapons as
they did in Australia, they will know who has them from registration records
and again, only law abiding citizens will give up their weapons leaving the
playing field in favor of criminals that will still have their weapons.
Most criminals that use guns obtain them illegally, have by passed back
ground check and their weapons are not registered. They are not caught until
they are arrested for carrying or for use of a firearm while committing a
criminal act.  Registration in that case has no effect.  Washington DC has
outlawed hand gun possession and they have one of the highest crime rates if
not the highest involving weapons.


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