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Re “Gun owners must get serious about safety”:

As a longtime gun owner, let me assure you that your editorial position is unworkable. You cite surveys by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where “just over a third” of Washington gun owners reported that their weapons were both locked properly and also unloaded when not in use. The editorial then asked, “What are the others thinking?”

Many firearms are stored in quick-access safes, ones that require a fingerprint or a few finger passwords in order to access. So these firearms are very safe from the suicidal and juveniles. However, their owners are depending on them to be quickly accessed for home-defense reasons. Ergo, requiring them to be unloaded is not only unnecessary but also harmful to their owners.

David Bakken, Pullman