To the Editor:

For the record, my son-in-law, an Army veteran, and my brother-in-law are hunters and have firearms in their homes. I have no problem with that.

As we all know, life is a balancing act, often involving reasonable and sensible limitations. Our freedoms and constitutional rights are no exception. You can practice free speech, but don’t yell “fire” in a crowded elevator. You can practice any religion you want, but it can’t include bigamy. You can have children, but you have to educate them and tend to their health needs. You can buy land and build a home, but you must comply with zoning, health, building, and wetland regulations.

With due respect to the Second Amendment, and with no claim of original authorship, here are my proposed reasonable and sensible gun control laws.

  • No civilians should be allowed to own an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle or any other military-style rifle.
  • Limit the number of rounds that a magazine can hold to 10.
  • Require background checks on every firearm sale and ownership transfer.
  • No firearms allowed on college campuses.
  • No firearm ownership allowed on anyone convicted of domestic abuse, or the subject of a restraining order.
  • Every stolen gun must be reported (over 200,000 are stolen each year).

The proposed laws above would not affect law-abiding citizens with regard to recreational use of firearms or self-defense, while making Americans safer.

It’s not fair to label everyone who advocates new, reasonable and sensible gun control laws as “anti-gun.” It’s just not true. Look on the Internet. There are many articles about NRA members in favor of some new reasonable, and sensible, gun control laws.

Tom and Joe, any common ground?

George M. Cohan

Peaceable Ridge Road, Jan. 22