In your editorial "Attack on Md. gun laws" (March 7), you state, "Maryland's high gun violence rates ... warrant strict regulations on handgun permits."

But the criminals who are creating the high gun violence rates don't have permits, nor are they concerned in the slightest about getting one. Restricting permits does not affect them in the least; in fact, to some degree it benefits them by telling them that their intended victim is probably unarmed.

The restrictions on our Second Amendment rights only affect those of us who want to protect ourselves from these unrestricted criminals. I welcome the court's decision to strike them down.

Clay Seeley, Owings Mills