May 26, 2019
Letter

Tax assault weapons

I am mystified by individuals who want to buy assault rifles for hunting animals such as deer, moose, etc. (a recent BDN story reported “Fear of weapons ban spurs sales”). Assault by definition is “a violent attack or onslaught.” For the military, it is “the stage of close combat with the intent of doing harm.”

Why does a hunter need a semiautomatic assault weapon? It must be that their marksmanship is so pathetic they need a rapid-fire weapon. Assault rifles such as the AK-47 and AR-15 were developed for military use. I remember when hunters prided themselves on “a-single-shot-kill.”

I am a lifelong Democrat and I support ownership of weapons. But I think there should be a heavy annual user fee levied on assault weapons to discourage their use.

If a hunter needs a semiautomatic assault weapon, he or she should have to pay extra for it.

Miles Gray

Belfast


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