"It's very easy to blame an inanimate object. Any kind of instrument in the wrong hands can be put to evil use. This comes down to intent — criminal behavior, accountability and responsibility," Mr. Kollitides said in an exclusive interview last week.
"I'm clearly for preventing criminals and the mentally ill from getting firearms. I'm not against well-written background checks, but the devil is in the details," Mr. Kollitides said. "No matter how well intended, if legislators get the details wrong, we will end up with a backdoor registration, which is where some of the recently defeated federal legislation was taking background checks."