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Gansler wrong on guns

In reference to Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's commentary on gun violence in Maryland ("Keep the focus on handguns in Md.," Jan. 14), I must say he needs to look and it in a very different way. Most law-abiding citizens will not go out after dark in most areas of Baltimore for fear of losing their lives. I have lived in the city for over 30 years and crime has not gotten any better nor has the ability for those of us who obey the law to defend ourselves and property against the thugs and criminals who roam the streets.

I have a right as a citizen of Maryland to freely walk the streets of any city without fear of harm or death. The only way I would be able to do this in Baltimore is to be armed as well as the thugs, gangs and drug dealers who control most streets and corners. You want to save lives of young people, then allow law-abiding citizens to obtain carry permits without all your unconstitutional requirements. It is not your job to set policy, it is your job to enforce the law.

The federal court has spoken on Maryland's unconstitutional limits on handgun permits so why are you wasting money pushing your agenda to higher courts? Just allow citizens of Maryland their right to carry or turn your own gun permit in and walk our streets unarmed just like we have to.

Bernard J. Reiter, Baltimore

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