In response to Mr. Mark Bothwell’s letter on I-594, “Examples against entirely untrue”: The writer should not play an attorney, on TV, the editorial pages, or anywhere else.
He claims this recent example is dishonest or ignorantly misrepresents I-594: “If father and son go out shooting, simply allowing the other to try out your firearm will make you and whom ever receives it a felon…” He counters with, “the initiative specifically allows transfer of a firearm ‘to a person who is under 18 years of age…”
Well, he seems to have forgotten that sons and daughters don’t stop at age 18. My children range in age from 14 to 19, and yes, handing a gun to my older children under some circumstances will make me a felon under I-594. Why does anyone think it’s OK to discriminate against my family?
Mr. Bothwell gives several convoluted “outs” to background checks on gun transfers under I-594, then goes on boldly to say, “you may allow another to shoot your gun anywhere that shooting is legal.” I-594 most certainly does not state that! Its patchwork of exceptions leaves many situations where shooting is legal, but transfers are not. Anyone who would give such a falsehood is more interested in their anti-gun political agenda than the rights and legal protections of the law-abiding gun owner.