The writer got it all wrong in "Close loophole on gun-show sales" (May 11, Letters). Gang members do not buy their guns at gun shows. Gang members rely on obtaining stolen guns so there is no possibility of tracing a gun to them.
Gun shows are not a source of guns for criminals. They are a source of collectors' items and curios which are no longer for sale in gun stores. By California law, I can't even buy the models of guns in gun stores that I safely carried as a law enforcement officer for more than 30 years. Since many models are no longer made, they are no longer submitted to the state list of guns which can be sold by dealers. They can, however, be sold by private persons through licensed dealers, which means the gun is retained by the dealer for the required background check and waiting period.
The Brady Campaign has lied to the public for years and demanded more gun control laws under the guise that if you pass a law, "criminals" will obey it. They don't. Gun laws only make the public more vulnerable by disarming the good guys.
DANIEL W. CRON
retired deputy sheriff and certified senior crime scene analyst