Thanks for having a local gun shop

Published 9:22 am Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I am sad to see that Milan and Elaine Hart will not be allowed to continue in their business of choice. The Harts will no longer be contributing sales tax collected and their business profits to our local community. A comment has been made that maybe they should have done their paperwork correctly. I do not know what the particular problem the ATF has found with their paperwork. I do know from experience that conducting a business and submitting paperwork to our growing government is getting more difficult and costly each year.

Another letter to the editor has asked what we think about guns. I think that most people would agree that if we could outlaw and get rid of all assault-type weapons and doing so would stop all future gun violence, such as the shootings at the schools and malls, everyone would be OK with that. Let’s be rational. That would not stop gun violence. It would only regulate law-abiding citizens. Outlaws, murderers, crooks, whatever you want to call them, they break the law. They don’t obey the law.

Milan and Elaine, I am sorry to know that I will no longer be able to stop into your shop in the future and peruse your inventory. I always enjoyed coming out just to look, talk and maybe purchase from you. Now instead of spending dollars that would help the local area, our local hunters and target shooters will be spending those dollars in other communities. Milan and Elaine, thank you for having the local gun shop for so many years, I for one enjoyed it.

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John Berglund

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