How would you stem the flood of illegal weapons?

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I have some questions for John Erickson in response to his letter [Background checks won't stop everyone, Viewpoints, Aug. 20]. How exactly will universal background checks do "more harm than good"? How harmful is a minor inconvenience for lawful gun buyers that catches some people who shouldn't own a gun, including those with serious mental illness? 

I agree with Mr. Erickson that most armed criminals get their guns illegally. But isn't it better to stop some people who should not own a gun from buying one? And, Mr. Erickson, what ideas do you have for stemming the flood of illegal weapons? For starters, how about limiting the number of guns that can be legally purchased per month to control the impact of "straw buyer" purchases, including at gun shows? 

Judith Alexander

Chair, North Avenue Zoning and Development Advisory Committee (NAZDAC)

Co-founder, North Avenue Neighbors Association of Oak Park (NANA-OP)

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Uncommon Sense  

Posted: August 28th, 2014 12:09 PM

Imagine if Oak Park were bold enough to put a sign up like this on Austin... just saying. http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/08/27/bumper-sticker-of-the-day-875/

Ray Simpson from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 27th, 2014 7:43 AM

If you want to make a meaningful effort - start pressing the legal system for TOUGH enforcement! That can be started at the local level and you would have the NRA on your side. The Referendum is just a squeaky voice whimpering that " gee we think this is a good idea" Bad guys figure out real quick which are the limp wristed, push over communities where there are no consequences for bad acts. If solving the problem is your objective - do something meaningful -- and practical

The Referee from Oak Park.  

Posted: August 26th, 2014 7:25 PM

Passing new laws that only the law abiding will obey will not rid the streets of criminals or illegal weapons. Every time a gun is used illegally by a felon, some gun grabber wants to pass a law against the guy who didn't do it.

Ray Simpson from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 26th, 2014 6:41 PM

O.K. once again! What good is another law that only duplicates existing local, state and federal laws. Our court system is more interested in clearing cases at a minimum cost. so your new law will just get buried in the stack of thousands of existing mandates. Nothing you have mentioned as a good idea is not covered now. We accept the mountain regulations but would rather not see a restatement of old law - just to make low information do gooders feel like they have made a change.

Brian Slowiak from Westchster  

Posted: August 26th, 2014 5:05 PM

Ullinos I a felony murder state. Any offense resulting in a death, the perp sould be chaged w/murder.An peron who sells a gun to someone who should not possess a firearm, and the firearm is used in any offense, the seller should be charged w/murder.Illinois has aback round check, the FOID card. Do you propose scrapping the Ill, FOID card for the UBC.

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