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Letter: Two suggestions for gun control

The NYPD said guns and bulletproof vests were

The NYPD said guns and bulletproof vests were found at the Queens home of Elvin Payamps, who was arrested on weapon charges after a witness reported hearing him make threats against police. Photo Credit: NYPD

A letter writer suggested a five-year prison sentence for possession of an illegal handgun, and 10 years if a weapon is used in a crime ["More prison time for crimes with illegal guns," Oct. 14].

As a U.S. senator more than 20 years ago, Alfonse D'Amato made a similar recommendation. He suggested that all gun crimes be "federalized." Now Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to impose harsh penalties for trafficking in illegal guns.

Why not do both?

I believe that the National Rifle Association would support longer sentences as long as it does not infringe on the rights of those who possess legally obtained guns.

Peter Kelly, Medford