• Fight universal background checks
    March 16,2013
    • Email Article
    •  Print Article
    At the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Thursday, Senator Leahy said that gun dealers approach him wanting universal background checks or UBCs so that everybody who sold guns would be on an equal footing. Dealers, please donít do this.

    I can understand why you would support UBC. In addition to an equal footing, UBC would also mean more income for you. But Iíve seen this before and it didnít work out well.

    About 10 years ago, California instituted UBC ó with the support of gun dealers. Once it was enacted, all gun sales had to go through a dealer. That made dealers a bottleneck for gun sales. Therefore, they became a ripe target for anti-gun local politicians and bureaucrats.

    Shortly after UBC passage, California cut the number of dealers to a quarter of what they were. In fact, this year alone, 300 dealers have been run out of business.

    In fact, California has 61 times the population of Vermont but only six times the number of gun shops. So, dealers, please donít put a target on your backs. Fight against universal background checks.


    • Email Article
    •  Print Article
    MORE IN Letters

    I write in support of Enid Reiman’s thoughtful, reasoned and courageous

    letter,... Full Story

    My article about CVU girls soccer was shortened, and this is what was taken out. Full Story

    The New York Times’ Jason Horowitz’s article on Bernie’s... Full Story

    More Articles