Re "NRA again becomes obstacle to public safety" (Editorials, Jan. 17): Enacting universal background checks based on the California intra-state model is very important.
The president's proposed executive order would enhance that because it would remind federal authorities to notify private sellers and federal firearms licensees of their rights and obligations.
But the notion that gun-buyers can just go out-of-state to avoid background checks is not correct. A gun cannot be brought into California unless it is brokered through and delivered by an in-state federal firearms licensee, which means background checks.
Also, residents cannot transfer firearms between each other unless that transaction is brokered through a federal firearms licensee, which triggers background checks. California got its intra-state model from the federal interstate model.
-- Irwin J. Nowick, Sacramento