he has a sportsman’s permit to carry a concealed weapon because he often works with the police. However, he said he keeps his guns locked at home.
He believes automatic weapons — and especially large ammunition magazines — should not be readily available to civilians, he said.
Jim Zardecki, an Irregular attendee and past Luzerne County chief detective known best for his role in collaring convicted mass murderer George Banks, in 1982, said even as he has left the detective’s office to work for banking companies in fraud prevention, he is surprised by the mind’s volatility.
“The most important thing I’ve learned in my career is how fragile the human mind is,” Zardecki said.
The hardest part is keeping guns away from those people unfit to own them, Zardecki said. Privacy law makes it difficult to properly screen potential criminals, he said. He also agreed that, like anything else, if criminals want guns, they will find a way to get them.