Letters to the editor
The need for gun safety training
I just read Dana Kellerman’s guest column in the Chronicle (“Now is the time for sensible gun laws,” April 28). While I agree with most of her recommendations to lessen gun violence, I believe that she overlooked a very important one: Gun education and safety certification.
Many people may not be aware that there is no requirement to pass any gun safety training in order to obtain a concealed carry permit from your local sheriff’s department.
I suggest that in order to purchase a firearm, everyone must pass a certified gun safety course and earn a certificate. Furthermore, I suggest that an additional course be passed to get a concealed carry permit.
The NRA and like groups can step up to provide these safety courses.
This all comes with a big caveat: Only law-abiding citizens will obey any new gun legislation.
The question will always remain: How do we take guns away from the bad guys?
Charles E. Stone