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A businessman with a gun is no threat

Gun advocates are asking the state to allow business owners to carry hanguns, like this .32 caliber handgun recently detected by TSA officers at the Norfolk International Airport checkpoint, at all times, even when they aren't working.
Gun advocates are asking the state to allow business owners to carry hanguns, like this .32 caliber handgun recently detected by TSA officers at the Norfolk International Airport checkpoint, at all times, even when they aren't working. (Amir Vera)

Now is exactly the time to loosen handgun permit restrictions

The Sun’s editorial, “This is neither the time nor the way to loosen Maryland’s handgun permit restrictions” (Aug. 8), tried to make a convincing argument not to loosen handgun permit restrictions. It is counterintuitive and wrong.

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The application for a concealed carry permit will be considered only for those who are business owners. The process is arduous and the background check is thorough and extensive. The permit had allowed business owners to carry only while in the conduction of the business. The change allows them to carry at all times.

Business owners are among the most dedicated clear headed individuals in the citizenry. The notion that a firearm in their possession is a threat to others is preposterous. It may seem a trite saying; the best response to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Disarming the good guys is a bad idea for it informs the bad guys that they are unlikely to be met with armed resistance giving them free rein in their illegal activities.

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Let’s disarm the bad guys and allow the good guys to protect themselves and others.

Anthony Tommasello, Pylesville

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