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Letter: Guns should be locked up when owner is not home

Guns should be locked up when owner is not home

What a shame. A 19-year-old man is dead, and his 20-year-old friend was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to a term of up to 12 years in prison. Their lives, and those of their families, have been forever changed.

The 20-year-old, who was entrusted to watch the home of an Elma man, found an unsecured handgun. As he handled it, the gun went off and his friend was killed.

The homeowner, a legal gun owner and law enforcement officer, faced no charges for having an unsecured gun in his home.

I have just joined New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, a local group advocating for safe storage laws in New York. This would in no way interfere with the gun owner’s right to keep a gun for security in his home. It would simply require that guns be kept locked or otherwise secured when the owner is not home or does not have the gun in his constructive possession. Certainly that is not an infringement of anyone’s rights.

Justice Antonin Scalia found an individual right to keep and bear arms “in the home for self-defense.” However, with that right comes responsibilities, one of which is to keep firearms from those not otherwise entitled to use them.

Rick Fuller

West Seneca

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