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Not so tough to buy a gun in Maryland

On Friday, a Broward County judge issued the state's first order temporarily removing guns from a person under new gun control laws.

My teenager is working toward getting a driver's license and I compared the Motor Vehicle Administration requirements to those listed in Erin Cox's article ("The suspected Great Mills shooter, a teen, used a handgun. It's tough for adults to buy one in Maryland," March 20).

My son is required to take 36 hours of training and must complete 60 hours of supervised practice driving. That's a little more than the four hours required to get a Glock. His first driving permit costs $50 and must be renewed at regular intervals with a fee each time. That's more than the gun license's one-time fee. He has to hold a learner's permit for nine months to get a provisional license, and hold the provisional license for 18 months to get a full license. By comparison, buying a gun requires a seven-day waiting period.

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So contrary to Ms. Cox's article, it's not tough for an adult to buy a gun in Maryland. It's much, much easier than getting a driver's license.

Steve English, Clarksville

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