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Old 11-13-2015, 03:19 PM   #197
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I am an NRA Training Counselor teaching rifle and pistol instructors how to teach others how to use firearms to defend themselves. I also teach NM Concealed Carry.
Because of ambiguity and complexity of traveling with firearms across state lines, I try to ensure that every student leaves with the Traveler's Guide to Gun Laws in the 50 States. I buy 'em by the case.
You ask if it's serious. Sadly, it's dead serious. Law abiding citizens can have their life changed forever for having a handgun in certain states, just as you can lose your life in NM if you and your travel trailer are abducted at a rest stop and you can't defend yourself.

This is spot on information. The only thing I do is carry the guide and check the states website(s) i intend on traveling through just to make sure nothing has changed since the yearly guide was published. It is a great tool. If you are caught you will have to defend yourself and it will cost thousands.

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Old 11-13-2015, 03:37 PM   #198
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You ask if it's serious. Sadly, it's dead serious. Law abiding citizens can have their life changed forever for having a handgun in certain states
As I touched earlier this happened to my friend Brian Aitken whom if you google you can read his whole story. Life turned upside down.

https://www.vice.com/read/my-life-as...-nothing-wrong

https://reason.com/archives/2010/11/...itkens-mistake
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Old 11-13-2015, 03:49 PM   #199
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What I find sad is the people who don't like guns and even brag that they've never owned or even shot one think they have some uncanny insight into the things and should be the arbiters on whether other others should have them.
That's because those pesky bullets that come out the end can still have an "impact" on my life and the life of those I love. So, whether I personally indulge is a moot point, I still get to have an opinion.
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While the listed guide is good to have it can easily be out of date if you do not have the latest edition. Carry laws both instate and reciprocal change frequently. Some states are enacting enhanced licenses that require additional classroom and practical range training and relax restrictions on where instate CCW can be legally carried. Keep in mind that no state or CC 218 issued license or carry permit relaxes the federal restrictions against firearm and/or ammunition possession on most federal properties. If you do decide to carry please do so after proper training and with the full knowledge of the consequences of your possible actions. Good luck and carry wisely.
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Old 11-13-2015, 04:56 PM   #201
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That's because those pesky bullets that come out the end can still have an "impact" on my life and the life of those I love. So, whether I personally indulge is a moot point, I still get to have an opinion.

Whether there are guns or no guns is not the question, guns are here to stay. This is evidenced by gun violence being problematic even in nations where they have been banned for decades.

The question is whether a law abiding citizen can remain a law abiding citizen while owning a gun.

Frankly, in my opinion, the only legal way to ban or limit private ownership of guns is repeal of the second amendment.

Guns are dangerous no doubt, but they are not going away, ever. The make them illegal and only outlaws will own guns.

If we lived in a perfect world we wouldn't have them, but this world is not perfect and it never will be.


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Just MHO on this issue.

I have always cast a very jaundiced eye on civilians (and even some military) people that carry handguns. The reason being, is that far too many people are taught how to fire their guns, but are not being taught how to hold fire, even under duress. A proper military training by the very best taught me that self control is alway paramount when around weapons.

Also remember that a quick strong agile assailant can and will travel 20+ feet in the time that you unholster, cock, safety off, aim and fire; the 20+ feet takes into account that you were mentally and physically ready to pull your weapon as the person charged. If you're not ready, add another 10+ feet depending on your reflexes.

So if in your Airstream an assailant comes through the door, a can of mace/pepper or jar of vinegar and a knife will be more effective than a gun any day; and customs won't confiscate that Kukri knife (the best knife to bring to a gun fight) hanging above your counter.

Hopefully you just incapacitate them and not take their life, as living with ghosts, however justified is something to be avoided. Trailers and cars can be replaced.

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Interesting thread to see here

I just completed a trip by myself with the Airstream to Texas and back. I did start the trip with my son's dog a Belgian Malinois but handed her over in Colorado. I had my gun, pepper spray, and taser with me. The gun was in my console during travel. I do not have my CCW yet, but still I don't think any place would deny having a gun in your vehicle.
No problems on the trip. Put doggy in trailer with screen door only when I left the vehicle, believe me, she knows her job.
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Old 11-13-2015, 06:58 PM   #204
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I had my gun, pepper spray, and taser with me. The gun was in my console during travel. I do not have my CCW yet, but still I don't think any place would deny having a gun in your vehicle.
Bad assumption. That's a felony in many states, and you might end up locked up in a real bad neighborhood for a few years regretting that assumption.

Be careful out there, folks.
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6.) If you are trained and proficient with a handgun, carry it (legally). If you are not, gunplay is not something you want to learn OJT (on-the-job). Nothing beats a shotgun. Nothing. 00 Buck wins just about every argument, and shotguns have the least amount of regulatory BS.
So, we plan to head west in a few months, and the question of whether to acquire a gun has been on my mind. We don't care to have a weapon in our vehicle. My fear is being threatened in the middle of the night while boondocking and being defenseless. Perhaps a shotgun is the answer as it seems to avoid a lot of the problems that come with handguns.

I'd be interested in specific recommendations as to make/model anyone might have or any other advice. Feel free to PM me.

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Defensive versus Offensive

Many have missed the point that a Pistol for the law abiding citizen is a DEFENSIVE WEAPON. It is used for close range Offensive/Defensive in military engagements. Do not confuse the two.

In Vietnam you could not have a Helicopter pilot shot down and trying to locate the M-16 in the wreckage, that was somewhere on board. The "side arm" is always there and secure. It goes where you go.

When we are camped in our Airstream Off the Grid in Bear Country... a side arm is as defensive of a weapon you can carry. Your hands are free for a walking stick, etc.. On the open prairies of Wyoming or deserts of Nevada... the need for a defensive weapon is not very great. At higher elevations among the trees... a side arm is insurance and trumps a walking stick for protection. If in your entire lifetime you did not need this "insurance", the peace of mind was worth every day this firearm traveled the forests with you.

Do not confuse the Swiss and their low murder rate per 100,000 with a firearm. All Swiss are required to own and be proficient with a weapon. The population is mostly European homogeneous population with common interests.

The USA has major city urban centers with an entirely different culture, than the rural communities and least populated States. Comparing statistics is used to push agendas and not to be taken as being accurate for a population taken as a whole. A pick and choose a statistic to prove your point of view. Do you actually believe that the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg would have different ratios?

Belgium: 2.42
Luxembourg: 2.02
Netherlands: 0.46

The majority were.... suicides. The same with the USA. Homicides 3.55. Suicides 6.7.
Even the years the information were taken can vary for comparison.

I worked at a State OSHA department for two years. I could work the statistics for whatever I wanted to prove.

The "bad guys" have all of the advantages. Robbing you is breaking the law. Carrying a firearm in Chicago is breaking the law. A career criminal does not care about what you think is legal or not legal. You are at their peril and mercy to be... lenient, when you are told to go into the alley with them and be quiet after depriving you of your wallet, watch and wedding band. Now what, they want a friendly chat with you in the alley?

When I am in the forests and Off the Grid... a sidearm is MY defensive weapon. If the noise of a round being fired does not deter a 400 pound bear from charging or an 800 pound grizzly... you get a second, third and... tenth time to get the message across with a different intent.

In my entire lifetime, I have not had an encounter with man or beast where I needed to draw my weapon for defensive reasons. The trip that I relax and leave my silent partner back in a drawer within our trailer... I could become a statistic of a Bear/Human contact that was not amiable...

You can be Barnie or Sheriff Taylor, but use common sense and judgment that some places are not protected with zoo tenders and staff to shoo away bad things that have replaced you at the top of the food chain. I always recommend to fellow OtG campsites to carry a sidearm.

The ultimate weapon of choice is the shot gun at home... or while on the road towing your Airstream. Airstreams are much like Rolex watches to a criminal. Valuable assets. The first round will get the message across skyward. You then hook up the trailer and find an area that is less prone in making you a potential victim.

I have to commend the Moderators for letting everyone vent on this subject. Although some posts add confusion that most of us are potential criminals for just possessing a firearm... but when they find themselves in danger, they hope the Forest Service Ranger is carrying something other than a can of mace and a note pad to take notes at the scene of the crime. The attitudes vary from Rural States to Urbanized States, so be open minded and I do not expect New York City to have the same attitudes as Farson, Wyoming towards firearms.
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I transport, don t carry, I enjoy shooting paper, just like some like to bowl. I have my piece cased out of reach in the back of my truck. NOT the bed !!
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Whether there are guns or no guns is not the question, guns are here to stay. This is evidenced by gun violence being problematic even in nations where they have been banned for decades.

The question is whether a law abiding citizen can remain a law abiding citizen while owning a gun.

Frankly, in my opinion, the only legal way to ban or limit private ownership of guns is repeal of the second amendment.

Guns are dangerous no doubt, but they are not going away, ever. The make them illegal and only outlaws will own guns.

If we lived in a perfect world we wouldn't have them, but this world is not perfect and it never will be.


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Hi J. Morgan. You are one that I trust with a gun. I was just responding to mandolindaves assertion that those who don't indulge in gun ownership shouldn't be allowed to have an opinion on the matter.
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I transport, don t carry, I enjoy shooting paper, just like some like to bowl. I have my piece cased out of reach in the back of my truck. NOT the bed !!
I carry as part of my job, but love to shoot paper and steel for sport. I shoot about 5 days a week. Matter of fact, I just got back from the weekly .22 bench matches.
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Hi J. Morgan. You are one that I trust with a gun. I was just responding to mandolindaves assertion that those who don't indulge in gun ownership shouldn't be allowed to have an opinion on the matter.

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