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Who cares if Germans have to register their guns? This is America

9:00 AM EDT, May 3, 2013

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I read with interest James Maxeiner's op-ed, "The Bavarian case for registering guns" (April 28) in The Sun. Mr. Maxeiner advocates for the licensing of gun owners and registration of firearms, what he calls "sensible regulations on firearms."

He rationalized that if Bavarians "...accept that they must be licensed to own and operate their Ultimate Driving Machines, so too do they accept, without objection, that they must be licensed to own and shoot firearms," so should the citizens of the United States.

While I am not familiar with the founding documents of Bavaria and Germany, I do not think they define a right to keep and bear arms, and those governments may set requirements for firearm ownership and use.

I take issue with the attitude that because citizens of other countries have to meet certain requirements in their countries, we should have to meet similar requirements in ours.

Here we recognize that operating vehicles on the public roads is a privilege offered by the state if we meet the state's requirements for doing so. There is nothing in our founding documents which defines the operation of a vehicle as a right.

We do have in the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, a fully defined right to keep and bear arms. As this is a right, the state and federal governments should not be allowed to create requirements for ownership and use of firearms by citizens.

I am thankful for all of the rights I enjoy as a citizen of the United States and oppose efforts to remove or reduce (via "sensible regulations") any of them.

Carl Russell, Severn

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