Gun ownership 101

Gun ownership 101

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen Buck Boring, owner of Buck’s Guns, shows two semi-automatic rifles at his shop recently. The top, an AR-15 type modern sporting rifle, the other, a wood stocked vintage Remington. Both operate on exactly the same principle. Also on the counter, the form that a buyer has to fill out along with the require ID and permit for handguns. It’s a contentious and often emotional issue. Guns. While the debate rages about who should have them, who should not, what kind they should be allowed and what they should not, the basic mechanics of firearms, and the laws governing their purchase, use and carrying, are often not well understood. A recent example? Actress Alysa Milano, speaking at a gun control rally in Dallas, Texas, said this: “I do not think that it should be as easy to buy an AR-15 as it is to get a caramel macchiato at a Starbucks.” Chloe Cathcart, 16, a sophomore at Fort Dodge Senior High, said something very similar at a recent gun control walk-out there. “There’s a problem when a kid that can’t buy cigarettes can buy a gun, like an AK47.” Both, according to federal and state laws, are wrong. Buck Boring, owner of Buck’s Guns in Fort Dodge, went through the process a customer has to comply with before the licensed dealer can sell them a gun. It’s paperwork first. “The 4473 form has to be filled out first,” he said. “That information is what the […]

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