Part of the penalty imposed on Patrick Bryan Mitchell for having an unloaded shotgun in his car on the school parking lot is a year's probation during which he cannot have a firearm ("South River High student avoids conviction for bringing gun to school," April 1).
His friends and attorney are not even complaining about that. So now the price for violating a school rule is denial of one's Second Amendment rights? In the current environment, any excuse is grounds for taking away guns.
In the 1960s, high school boys routinely and openly transported their rifles on Baltimore's public buses for use in after-school extra-curricular activities.
Robert E. Glaser, Owings Mills
The writer is secretary of the Maryland Libertarian Party.
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