I am writing in opposition to Tammy Schmersal-Burgess’ May 19 column (“Maine’s 72-hour waiting period violates the Constitution“) opposing the 72-hour waiting period for purchasing a firearm.

The idea that a reasonable waiting period for buying a gun violates the Second Amendment is ludicrous. The law does not prevent citizens from purchasing a firearm; it only slows down the process to prevent someone from impulsively purchasing one.

This law would clearly prevent some suicides by firearms and prevent some violent acts of domestic violence. The inconvenience of having to wait three days to pick up the firearm is a small price to pay for saving multiple lives.

Nobody is “questioning” the Second Amendment. The law simply provides a safety buffer for such purchases.

Bill Frayer, Lewiston

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