Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: As a representative of a law
enforcement organization, I disagree with the proposal made by Dr Wintemute
and colleagues1 that convicted misdemeanants
should lose their gun rights as is now the case for felons.
Since Wintemute et al considered primarily the fact of misdemeanor conviction
and not the underlying crimes, the research may indicate only that prosecutors
should be less willing to accept misdemeanor pleas from serious felons, not
that true misdemeanants should be disarmed.
Fotis JJ. Violent Criminal Activity Among Handgun Purchasers With Prior Misdemeanor Convictions. JAMA. 1999;282(5):425-427. doi:10.1001/jama.282.5.425