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Effective Gun Control?

Regarding the article "L.A. Gun Sales Take Off After South-Central Riots," May 22: Does Handgun Control Inc. actually believe that criminals buy their guns legally at stores that keep track of their sales?

The reality is that criminals buy their guns on the street at anytime of the day or night they want them. They also buy the best quality, most reliable weapons - quite often better than a law-abiding citizen or the police department can purchase.

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So please explain how enacting more laws that make law-abiding citizens have problems obtaining guns, without addressing how to disarm criminals, is going to stop gun crime? John J. Seaton, Rome, N.Y.

Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

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