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Published: Saturday, March 26 2011 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Kearns, UT

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.

Salt Lake City, Utah

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.

Powell, OH

"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.

Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Draper, Utah

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.

Ogden, UT

Maybe the trib would like to pick up some business. KSL has gone downhill. Course, they started halfway down.

Ft. Pierce, FL

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'.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

If KSL.com wants to avoid involvement with any items which may potentially be used for criminal activity, then they need to ban:

cell phones
tools of all types
baseball bats

Criminals 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!

Kearns, UT

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.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

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!

B. Jay Fairbanks
Cottonwood Heights, Utah

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 responsibilities.

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