Having been a KSL classifieds user I don't see any thing wrong in what they are
doing with gun advertising. There are no laws broken or circumvented in private
sales of guns and it is all done using legal standards and federal and state
laws. The only thing I think KSL may rightfully consider is limiting how many
gun ads an individual can place in the classifieds although even that doesn't
break any laws.The fears are minimal and most sellers are
responsible sellers and if there are gun runners useing KSL then that is the job
of the police to follow through on. KSL shouldn't act as gun police because they
don't have the right or legal obligation to do so. Disclaimers and disclosures
are not really necessary as they are not an FFL dealer or gun seller. They just
provide advertisements and that's the end of their responsibility.Many sellers of guns have gone above and beyond requirements and have made it
clear identification and receipts are concurrent with their sales. As in all
laws, none of them are perfect and trust in each other is a valued asset.
The police now scan the ads and target those that don't appear to be legal. It
also allows those who get burglarized to scan the ads in an attempt to locate
their guns and call in the police. The fact that an ad may list several guns in
an ad just makes it easier to locate guns that may have been stolen by the
police. KSL does not need to make a change in a system that works.
"that some might do something illegal is troubling"?You
publish road maps and people still steal and use them to plan getaway routes for
crimes.Owning firearms is legal. Those few who are not legally entitled to
own them will get them anyway. Why punish the rest of us who look for a good
deer hunting rifle from someone who is passing it on? The ads hurt no one and
help many who are looking. Owning firearms is legal so let the ads on.
According to the Supreme Court citizens have unalienable rights to acquire, use,
and possess property. These rights of property extend to firearms. I appreciate
KSL's service to help citizens acquire and sell their property and have used it
both to buy and sell my property.Laws will be broken by the lawless.
Let's not punish the overwhelming majority of those who operate within the
bounds of the law by eliminating a useful system for citizen to engage freely in
commerce because the system could be used for harm.
Deseret News is the most responsible newspaper in the nation. Don't let the few
ruin it for the many. Please continue to allow firearms in the classifieds.
Maybe the trib would like to pick up some business. KSL has gone downhill.
Course, they started halfway down.
The article states:"Several sellers also said they only sell
unregistered guns, since they don't want potential problems to come back against
them."Utah does not require registration of firearms, therefore
it is impossible to differentiate between 'registered' and 'unregistered'.
If KSL.com wants to avoid involvement with any items which may potentially be
used for criminal activity, then they need to ban:Automobilescomputersprinterscell phonestools of all typesknivesbaseball batscamerasCriminals will still commit
crimes regardless of any laws or advertising decisions.Gun laws fail
every time they are tried- just look at the states with the "toughest"
gun laws that some people like. They all have far higher crime rates than Utah,
or even neighboring states with "lax" gun laws.It's not
the guns, it's the criminals!
How politically correct of KSL to even think of this. First they muzzle Doug
Wright, get rid of Hannity, and now this. KSL is listening too much to lawyers.
KSL doesn't owe anyone any explanation! They are a privately held corporation
that can do what they want, how they want, when they want. It's called
capitalism. Perhaps the right-wingers have heard of it!
I am a retired teacher. I would give a grade of D- to students if they created
a paper of assumptions only as fact; politically correct is not fact. Emotions
can be based on fact, however, without valid foundation, does not make it right,
just hot air. When you think about it, why remove incandescent light bulbs
which have helped so many to read, and replace it with something less. Why do
we want to remove family traditions, home safety choices, safe recreation, etc.
and replace them with a police state of permissions; not freedom of choices and