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Keep battlefield weapons out of private hands | READER COMMENTARY

Handguns, rifles, shotguns and assault weapons collected in a Los Angeles Gun Buyback event are displayed during a news conference in Los Angeles. Last month, a federal judge overturned California's three-decade-old ban on assault weapons ruling that it violates the constitutional right to bear arms. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
Handguns, rifles, shotguns and assault weapons collected in a Los Angeles Gun Buyback event are displayed during a news conference in Los Angeles. Last month, a federal judge overturned California's three-decade-old ban on assault weapons ruling that it violates the constitutional right to bear arms. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

This is simple. If a firearm is appropriate on the battlefield, it should not be in the hands of a private citizen (”Man with AK-47 assault rifle busted in Midtown Manhattan subway station,” April 16).

We must ban the manufacture and sale of all automatic and semi-automatic weapons. If you must have a handgun for self-defense, let it be a revolver. Hunters can have bolt action or lever-action rifles. Birders need only a single or double barrel shotgun. Nothing else is needed.

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Jim Dempsey, Edgewood

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