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Judge's decision on Md. assault weapons ban makes no one safer [Letter]

U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake's decision upholding Maryland's assault weapons ban isn't a victory for anyone ("A victory for public safety," Aug. 14).

Explain this to me, why aren't all law enforcement personnel included in this law? I mean if a maximum of 10 rounds is sufficient for the law abiding citizen in order to protect and defend their property and family, shouldn't it be sufficient for the police? Especially since they are well trained with their firearms, not to mention they often have the back-up of other officers available.

We know that criminals don't follow the law, and regardless of the banning large-capacity ammunition magazines, you can be sure that they will have whatever capacity they desire.

Your answer to the question of why law enforcement isn't included in the law would be something like, "their firearms need to be at least equivalent to or greater than what they may come up against with the criminal element" — right!

Aren't gun owners of Maryland entitled to the same "equal ground"?

C. Titus

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