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Letters to the editor: Gun sale in shooting could have been prevented

4:30 PM, Oct. 4, 2013  |  Comments

In response to the article in the Oshkosh Northwestern from Wednesday, Oct. 2 regarding domestic abuse victims killed by firearms in Wisconsin, I would like to clarify that under Wisconsin law, it may be illegal to sell firearms to someone subject to a domestic abuse, child abuse or sometimes even a harassment injunction under some circumstances.

The article correctly stated that the handgun sale in the case of the Azana Spa homicides was not illegal, but only because current law does not require background checks for private sales. The individual responsible for those homicides would not have been allowed to purchase or possess a firearm, because of the domestic abuse injunction, and anyone who knowingly gave, sold or otherwise furnished him with a firearm would have been guilty of a felony for doing so. Had the seller in this case been aware of the injunction, then he or she would have been criminally liable for selling him the gun.

David Keck

Oshkosh

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