I believe part of James E. Cardoza’s letter in the May 6 Enterprise may have been directed at me. I was the person who addressed the select board and informed them that literally “thousands of people” were legally able to possess the AR-15s the police department is retiring. How he construed this as an “insult” to those people escapes me. My statement was in rebuttal of one made by a member of the police force who stated that the weapons in question could not be legally sold in Massachusetts. They can. Any member of law enforcement or retired member of law enforcement, not just police but prison/jail workers, fish and game…all those members who work for state agencies and are licensed to carry can purchase them. Furthermore, having the weapons in question purchased by members of law enforcement does not prevent them from being re-sold to those who are not a part of law enforcement.

As far as terminology goes, if Mr. Cardoza wants to be accurate, they are not all simply “long guns.” The AR-15 is referred to as a “platform.” The AR-15 platform is used by several manufacturers to create models of their own. An example would be the Smith & Wesson M&P15 built on an AR-15 platform. All AR-15 platform guns are semiautomatic where the term “long gun” can apply to bolt action, lever action and single-shot rifles.

I agree with Mr. Cardoza; it is important in serious discussion to get facts and terms correct.

Richard H. Duby

Blacksmith Shop Road

East Falmouth

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Mr. Duby, give it up.

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