Letter: Gun owners some of most law-abiding

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A column by Chris Fitzsimon in your Saturday, April 27 edition about the insanity of proposed gun law changes would have you believe that our elected representatives in state government want to turn North Carolina into the gunfight at the OK Corral East. I believe the proposed changes are only applicable to those people with a concealed-carry permit, not the general public. The people with a permit have already undergone training and background checks.

My question to Mr. Fitzsimon is: of those individuals with concealed-carry permits, how many have been guilty of a gun-related crime, or any crime for that matter? Statistics show nationwide that concealed-carry permit holders are overall some of the most law-abiding citizens in the U.S. They, permit holders, have more to lose for even minor infractions so they tend to obey the laws.

So why is Mr. Fitzsimon trying to scare everyone? Where are his facts to back up his reasoning?

CHALMER D. WAREHIME

Currituck

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I learned the basics of shotguns and things like the AR 15 accessories online, and I am glad that gun owners are some of the most law abiding citizens. It makes me feel safer.

Statistics

I had some doubts on the statistics portion due to most states (including NC) passing privacy acts but some states do require Sheriff's depts to report the said statistics. You are correct on your assessment in NC, less so nationwide, really it is dependent by the state. http://www.ncdoj.gov/CHPStats.aspx

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