Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

This Gun Owner Supports Background Checks

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

This Gun Owner Supports Background Checks

Article excerpt

I am a liberal gun owner. I own weapons of all types - handguns, shotguns, rifles, and yes, "modern sporting rifles," aka assault weapons. I very much enjoy owning and shooting firearms.

The level of concentration required to safely and effectively use them means that I often will forget the stresses of the day and must simply concentrate on keeping my breathing even, my hands steady. While I generally trust the government, I do consider it my given right to own and maintain my own collection of firearms.

A couple of weeks ago, I was in a local firearms shop, selling one of my guns to another individual. It was a 5-shot .38 - by all accounts a small revolver. As we were waiting for the background check (it takes 15 minutes to complete the Instant Check and paperwork), two individuals came in. They were transacting a sale, but in this case it was an assault rifle.

The buyer didn't have ID, but that wasn't a problem. For that type of weapon you do not need a background check. …

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