The letter to the editor "Know your facts about guns" published Feb. 27 is so fraught with errors one hardly knows where to begin.
"To purchase a firearm, one must go to the sheriff's office and apply for a permit." Wrong; you are required to fill out a form declaring that you are purchasing the firearm for yourself — not for someone else in your name, or a straw buyer — that you have never been convicted of domestic violence, treated for a mental condition, or convicted of a felony. The list goes on and on. Every time you purchase a firearm, you are required to go through this process. Every time, every gun. This in turn is submitted and only after an exhausting background check and the "cooling off" period — 24 to 72 hours depending on the firearm being purchased — can you walk out with the gun.
I have a Utah concealed carry permit. My application took about a month to complete, and was processed by the Bureau of Criminal Identification. I was required to complete a training class, was fingerprinted, and photographed. It is good for five years, but does not exempt me from another background check in the interim if I were to purchase another firearm. It does not act as a permit to purchase that firearm without another background check. If this guy is a certified firearms instructor, which I seriously doubt, he had best get his "facts" straight.
J. R. Beswick