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Writer says gun laws tough enough

To the editor:

My wife and I are retired government workers and, yes, both of us are gun owners. We are extremely concerned with the proposal to mandate that liability insurance be bought if you own guns.

This state has some of the toughest gun laws in America and yet Gov. Deval Patrick and the legislators want to impose more restrictions. Gun owners are already subjected to background checks prior to licensure, pay a hefty fee and must undergo gun safety training prior to licensure.

We need trigger locks on our weapons and they must be cased during transportation. Most law abiding gun owners secure their weapons in locked boxes or safes.

I ask how many more restrictions do we need? I will be 65 in June and have owned a gun since age 18. I feel this is just another threat to the Second Amendment and our right to bear arms.

Yes, others will say the Second Amendment is not under fire but my wife and I feel otherwise. If you impose enough restrictions and enough fees, and now proposing we buy liability insurance, then the Second Amendment will someday be nothing more than words on a document.

A recent polling on Channel 22 news showed that 76 percent opposed the purchasing of liability insurance. That fact alone should mean something to the legislators of this state. I know others feel as my wife and I do.

My message to law-abiding gun owners is to contact your state representatives if you want to be heard.

Ronald Wozniak


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