This letter is in response to your editorial "Awash in illicit guns" (Oct. 6). Everyone agrees that illegal firearms are a problem. However, to blame other states and give a free pass to the Maryland General Assembly is ridiculous.
There are two common sense gun laws the Maryland General Assembly could pass to punish those that possess illegal weapons.
Number One: Enact a "shall issue" concealed carry law that allows lawful citizens to carry a handgun without the need to show good cause to the Maryland State Police. Under the current law, I cannot carry a handgun to protect myself from the stronger male thugs that prey on older female folks like me. In exchange for the "shall issue" permit, the penalty for wear, carrying or transporting a handgun should be increased from the current misdemeanor, three-year maximum penalty to a felony with a mandatory minimum sentence of one year and a maximum sentence of five years. Lawful citizens get to protect themselves, and people who carry handguns illegally face a stiffer penalty than is currently on the books.