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Law-abiding gun owners aren't the problem

I am a gun owner, and like some others I have grave concerns about the use of guns in the commission of a crime. However, the actions taken by our legislature only penalize the law abiding citizen. Legislators had the chance to accept an amendment to the proposed law that would have increased penalties for gun crime offenders. The law abiding citizen is not the problem. The problem is our legislature's failure, as well as that of the judicial branch, penalize the criminal. Use a gun to commit a crime, and chances are the courts will only slap the hands of the criminal and eventually let them back on the street commit another crime. There should be mandatory minimum time in jail without parole.

R.E. Sagan

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