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Charles Poland, Jr.

A voice of reason on guns

A voice of reason on guns

Baltimore County Police Chief James W. Johnson added a much-needed voice of reason to the national debate over gun control last week when he appeared before Congress to testify in favor of universal background checks for gun purchases and a ban on assault rifles and large capacity ammunition magazines. It was only common sense, he told lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee, to extend the reporting requirements for federally licensed firearms dealers to the private individuals who account for 40 percent of gun sales in this country. To do otherwise, he noted, would be like "allowing 40 percent of airline passengers to board a plane without going through airport security." ...