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August 4, 1999

Violent Criminal Activity Among Handgun Purchasers With Prior Misdemeanor Convictions

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(5):425-427. doi:10.1001/jama.282.5.425

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.