Dec. 5 — To the Editor:

Shop local this holiday season. But, please, not at Kittery Trading Post.

KTP sells lots of great stuff – hiking boots, ski jackets, all sorts of camping and hunting gear. I’ve loved shopping there. But no more. I cannot in good conscience shop at a store that refuses to stop selling the kinds of weapons that have been used in so many mass shootings. Weapons that were designed not for hunting but as weapons of war.

Dick’s Sporting Goods has stopped selling assault-style weapons, but not KTP. Their justification? According to the management, only 3 percent of gun-related deaths are caused by assault-style weapons.

Tell that to the families and friends of the 17 killed at Stoneman Douglas High School, the 59 killed at a concert in Las Vegas, the 28 killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the 27 killed at a Baptist Church in Texas., the12 killed at a movie theater in Colorado, the 50 killed at a nightclub in Orlando, the 11 killed in a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

In a recent article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians stated their position on assault weapons: “… the College believes that there is enough evidence to warrant appropriate legislation and regulation to limit future sales and possession of firearms that have features designed to increase their rapid killing capacity and can, along with a ban on large-capacity magazines and bump stocks, be effective in reducing casualties in mass shooting situations.”

We need a ban on the sale and possession of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. But we can’t wait for our lawmakers to act. Tell KTP that until they take assault weapons off their shelves you’ll be buying your hunting and camping gear elsewhere.

Give the gift of life this holiday season. Boycott Kittery Trading Post.

Connie Eppich