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Why We Need Gun Registration

Posted on the 05 July 2011 by Mikeb302000
The Columbus Dispatch reports
A woman who helped her mentally-unstable boyfriend obtain a gun that he later used to kill a Clark County deputy sheriff pleaded guilty this morning to two felonies.
Maria Blessing, 56, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice and complicity to having weapons under disability. Clark County Common Pleas Judge Douglas M. Rastatter said he will sentence her on July 18. Under a plea agreement, the maximum sentence Blessing could receive is five years, said Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson.
Blessing had been, for at least 20 years, the live-in girlfriend of Michael Ferryman.
Ferryman, who had a history of mental illness and had once been found criminally insane and spent time in mental hospitals, shot and killed Clark County Deputy Suzanne Waughtel Hopper and shot and wounded German Township police officer Jeremy Blum on Jan. 1.
The way it is now, people think their 2nd Amendment rights permit them to buy guns and do anything they want with them. Even the ones who understand that it's wrong to buy a gun for a disqualified person, feel they can get away with it.
Registration of newly bought firearms to individual licensed owners would largely put a stop to this. The new gun owner would have to renew that registration after three months and every year thereafter by presenting the documents and the gun itself to the police.
A law like that, properly enforced would cut down on straw purchasing by 87% in the first year. The second year it would be over 90%.
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