Background check needs simplification

To the editor:

Anyone who thinks Sen. Kelly Ayotte voted incorrectly against S649 should read the bill — it criminalizes loaning a firearm for hunting purposes if the loan occurs outside of hunting season ( like the day before) and if the loan is more than seven days in length. This has nothing to do with closing the loopholes with background checks and criminalizes many in the hunting community and people in rural areas. Anyone ever watch “Yukon Men?”

Also it allows a person to hand a firearm to a friend “at a shooting range located in or on premises owned or occupied by a duly incorporated organization organized for conservation purposes or to foster proficiency in firearms and the firearm is, at all times, kept within the premises of the shooting range.” But it criminalizes the same activity on private land where shooting occurs legally.

This would criminalize many in the farming, ranching and shooting sports world, as most shooting activity occurs outside of a “shooting range.” In fact this section is totally out of sync with most of rural America.

Obviously whoever wrote the S649 has no clue, and Ayotte did the right thing.

Just because 90 percent support something, that does not mean the 90 percent can read and understand the unintended consequences of the poorly written legislation.

My hope is that the U.S. Senate can simplify S649 and vote on a bill which is true to the original intent. Excerpts from S649 are posted on the U.S. Senate website.

Jonathan M. Hampson


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