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The plan outlined by Mr. Bryan Bates of Flagstaff  in his letter to the editor ("A base management plan for guns," March 16) is the most reasonable and comprehensive proposal for changing the gun laws in this country that I have ever seen. It condones and supports the Second Amendment while attempting to address the issues today that have made schools, shopping malls, movie theaters and concert venues less safe.

Mr. Bates proposes that the NRA take an active role in managing shooting ranges with the ATF while allowing citizens to still own automatic weapons. He also outlines a detailed plan that increases the age to own a gun to 21 years old, mandates passing a universal background check with a three-day waiting period before a weapon can be obtained and makes taking a NRA gun safety course a requirement to own guns. I encourage readers to review his entire letter to sort out the details as his proposal is very comprehensive. It is thoughtful and unique in its ideas.

Now is the time to discuss and debate real change in our country concerning gun related deaths. Let’s follow Bryan’s lead and contact our elected officials to do what is

GREGORY JARRIN, MD

Winslow

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