Letters: Licensing keeps guns out of dangerous hands. Indiana legislation would end it.

Letters: Licensing keeps guns out of dangerous hands. Indiana legislation would end it.

I am a trauma surgeon and live with my family in Fort Wayne. During my training, I chose to dedicate an additional two years to earning a master’s degree in public health. I am all too familiar with the injuries and fatalities associated with firearms resulting from both unintentional events and acts of violence. I am also a supporter of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. However I am strongly against House Bills 1241 , 1289 and 1369 , each of which would repeal state gun-licensing requirements. Gun-licensing serves as just one important mechanism in regulating firearms and thus has a beneficial impact on the health and safety of Hoosiers. Firearm licensing has been shown to be more effective than background checks alone in preventing dangerous individuals from gaining access to potentially deadly weapons – both criminals and those with mental illness. Licensing is also supported by various law enforcement agencies across Indiana. While the Second Amendment codifies the right to bear arms, the Constitution does not prevent states from enacting and enforcing regulations pertaining to the Bill of Rights. Just as we would not support an interpretation of the Second Amendment to protect the right of convicted criminals to harbor firearms, gun-licensing represents regulation of one’s right to bear arms, not an infringement upon that right. Furthermore, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment does not bar state regulation of firearms. To the argument that licensing impedes a citizen’s ability to obtain a firearm […]

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