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Gun ban in Howard makes sense

The effort by three members of the Howard County Council to keep unauthorized people carrying guns from bringing them onto Howard County government property is a common sense safety measure that keeps an important, if emotional issue before the public ("Howard councilmembers to consider weapons ban for county buildings," March 3).

The bill, up for a public hearing March 16, is something that in an earlier time would not have seemed necessary. But now, with aggressive efforts by gun advocates to spread gun possession to as many people as possible, it is needed.

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No one wants to see some overwrought person upset over taxes, zoning, or environmental issues — or over a coveted parking space at a county building — lose his temper while armed. There's no good reason for anyone other than police, armed forces members on duty, or others with specific professional permission to have guns on county property.

I hope this simple measure will pass unanimously, without opposition.

Larry Carson, Columbia

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