The Post was far too timid in its March 12 editorial “The right of protection,” about U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg’s ruling that the Second Amendment prohibits Maryland law enforcement from deciding who can carry loaded guns outdoors. This was an irresponsible and dangerous decision that reeks of a political agenda. It should be overturned.

This ruling threatens public safety by furthering the “guns everywhere” agenda of the gun lobby, which is based on a renegade interpretation of the Second Amendment that goes against legal precedent. Indeed, more than 30 courts have rejected claims of a broad right to guns in public. Included among the rulings was a recent decision by a Lubbock, Texas, federal judge to dismiss a National Rifle Association lawsuit claiming that the Second Amendment requires that Texas allow armed teens on its streets.

Judge Legg was obligated to follow precedent recognizing that the Supreme Court’s creation of a narrow right to a gun in the home does not override the public’s right to a policy that keeps guns off the streets. But he ignored his obligation and, by doing so, put the lives and safety of Maryland residents at greater risk.

Dan Gross, Washington

The writer is president of the Brady Campaign and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.


The editorial on Maryland’s gun law said that Judge Benson Everett Legg “too quickly dismisses as a ‘rationing’ scheme the state’s compelling interest in maintaining order in the public arena.” Yet the editorial cited no studies, no statistics, no authority at all for the proposition that the public safety is endangered by the issuance of concealed-carry permits for firearms.

The majority of states already grant such permits without making applicants establish a “good and substantial” reason for carrying a concealed weapon. Does this mean that, in those states, the public is in greater danger and the state government doesn’t care? The people who apply for such permits are not likely to be the ones who present a threat to public safety.

Shelley Grant, Washington