WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – You would hardly expect Guns & Ammo to draw the ire of gun rights groups.

But that’s exactly what happened after contributing editor Dick Metcalf penned an article suggesting some gun control regulations might not be bad.

In an article that appeared on the magazine’s “Backstop,” Metcalf defended an Illinois law that requires a certain amount of training before gun owners can receive a conceal-carry permit.

“I firmly believe that all U.S. citizens have a right to keep and bear arms, but I do not believe that they have a right to use them irresponsibly,” he wrote.

“And I do believe their fellow citizens, by the specific language of the Second Amendment, have an equal right to enact regulatory laws requiring them to undergo adequate training and preparation for the responsibility of bearing arms.”

Many gun advocates warned Metcalf was advocating an erosion of the Second Amendment.

In response, Guns & Ammo editor Jim Bequette announced he was resigning.

In an open letter to readers, he apologized for publishing the column.

“I thought it would generate a healthy exchange of ideas on gun rights,” he wrote. “I miscalculated, pure and simple. I was wrong, and I ask your forgiveness.”

Bequette said the magazine was severing ties to Dick Metcalf, who wrote the controversial article.

He also reaffirmed Guns & Ammo‘s commitment to ” the struggle for our Second Amendment rights.”


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