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  • "...Mr. Clinton, sir, America didn't trust you with our health-care system. America didn't trust you with gays in the military. America doesn't trust you with our 21-year-old daughters, and we sure, Lord, don't trust you with our guns.."

    -Charlton Heston

    Expert Opinion

    Oren Ferguson has been a police officer for Miami-Dade County Police Department for the last 15 years. During this time, he cultivated his fascination with guns by collecting antique pistols and new guns. He owns an extensive collection of guns that he plans on keeping for future family heirlooms.

    How did you become so interested in guns?

    I became interested in guns at an early age. I was interested in Western movies and that style of life. I watched old Western movies and shows.

    How many guns do you own?

    I would say about 20-25. I lost count.

    Wow. How long did it take to accumulate this many guns?

    I have been collecting about 20 years.

    What makes the semi-automatic guns so special?

    They are easier to shoot. I remember when the [Miami-Dade Police Department] switched from the revolver to the semi-automatic. I was glad. It was much easier to aim and shoot for everyone.

    How have most police officers responded to the gun? What kind is it?

    I believe they like it. All my friends were relieved to switch. We use a 9mm glock. It's not as fancy as some of my other guns, but it gets the job done. We don't use the guns as often as people think.

    What are some of your favorite manufacturers?

    Definitely Smith & Wesson. They create classic and artful guns. You can always guarantee the guns are well put together if you buy a Smith & Wesson.

    How important is learning how to correctly load a gun?

    How to load a gun is one of the first lessons I learned with my first gun. If you can't load the gun, you can't shoot it. I first learned how to clean and load it before I learned how to shoot it. You have to be careful when loading a semi-automatic because if you don't follow the instructions carefully, you can shoot yourself or someone else. You have to pay attention to everything you do and follow the instructions in order.

    What advice can you give to for new gun owners?

    Go to the gun range and practice. Always keep you gun clean. Be careful and don't act silly with the gun. A semi-automatic gun, more than others, are very dangerous.