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Please select the category that applies to you

I am not currently a gun owner.
9
38%
I am currently a gun owner and was already a gun owner even before the BLM/Antifa riots.
14
58%
I became a first-time gun owner this year because of the BLM/Antifa riots.
1
4%
 
Total votes: 24
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Gun Poll

Post by Tortoise » Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:26 pm

Gun owners were probably already overrepresented on this forum, but I was just curious whether the BLM/Antifa riots this year motivated any of you to buy your first gun.
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Re: Gun Poll

Post by Mark Leavy » Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:35 pm

I selected "not currently".

I had a handful of lever-action rifles which I thoroughly enjoyed - and a little derringer/revolver which my gal liked to carry. There really is nothing like a lever-action in the hands of a man who knows how to use it. Not even a Tommy gun can compare.

Nowadays I just have a hell of a good carbon steel chef's knife which I dug up from an archeological dig somewhere. I do know my anatomy.
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Re: Gun Poll

Post by Tortoise » Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:38 pm

Mark Leavy wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:35 pm
I selected "not currently".

I had a handful of lever-action rifles which I thoroughly enjoyed - and a little derringer/revolver which my gal liked to carry. There really is nothing like a lever-action in the hands of a man who knows how to use it. Not even a Tommy gun can compare.

Nowadays I just have a hell of a good carbon steel chef's knife which I dug up from an archeological dig somewhere. I do know my anatomy.
I still see zero votes for "not currently". You sure you clicked the right one?

BTW, remind me never to piss you off. ;D
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Re: Gun Poll

Post by vnatale » Fri Aug 28, 2020 9:40 pm

I voted "Not Currently" assuming my BB rifle did not count?

By the way, does your state or did your state require an FID card? I assume it stood for Fire Identification something.

I had to get one PRIOR to buying that rifle sometime in the early 80s. Had to go for an interview with the town chief of police. It was good for life but has since been replaced by something else.

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Re: Gun Poll

Post by Tortoise » Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:02 pm

vnatale wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 9:40 pm
I voted "Not Currently" assuming my BB rifle did not count?

By the way, does your state or did your state require an FID card? I assume it stood for Fire Identification something.

I had to get one PRIOR to buying that rifle sometime in the early 80s. Had to go for an interview with the town chief of police. It was good for life but has since been replaced by something else.

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You had to have an interview with the chief of police to buy a BB gun? Wow. Okay.

FID doesn’t ring a bell. I live in CA and had to take a short, easy test of handgun competence to get a “Handgun Safety Certificate” from the CA Department of Justice. By contrast, no such test or certificate was required for my shotgun purchase.

Also, my handgun purchase required a waiting period (10 days or something), but not my shotgun purchase.
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Re: Gun Poll

Post by vnatale » Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:54 am

Tortoise wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:02 pm
vnatale wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 9:40 pm
I voted "Not Currently" assuming my BB rifle did not count?

By the way, does your state or did your state require an FID card? I assume it stood for Fire Identification something.

I had to get one PRIOR to buying that rifle sometime in the early 80s. Had to go for an interview with the town chief of police. It was good for life but has since been replaced by something else.

Vinny
You had to have an interview with the chief of police to buy a BB gun? Wow. Okay.

FID doesn’t ring a bell. I live in CA and had to take a short, easy test of handgun competence to get a “Handgun Safety Certificate” from the CA Department of Justice. By contrast, no such test or certificate was required for my shotgun purchase.

Also, my handgun purchase required a waiting period (10 days or something), but not my shotgun purchase.
Here is the current process.

https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-a ... ms-license

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Re: Gun Poll

Post by Tortoise » Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:20 pm

I see we now have one vote from a first-time gun owner.

Would the person who cast that vote care to elaborate? If not, that’s fine, too.
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Re: Gun Poll

Post by pugchief » Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:29 pm

That would be me. I just ordered a shotgun. I have had a FOID card for 9 years but never followed thru with a purchase. The mobs are so insane, I want protection, just in case. Even tho I live far enough out that I probably don't need to worry, why chance it?
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Re: Gun Poll

Post by t-bear52 » Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:10 am

Pug, that’s what I thought too until we had looting in downtown Naperville!
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Re: Gun Poll

Post by pugchief » Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:28 am

t-bear52 wrote:
Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:10 am
Pug, that’s what I thought too until we had looting in downtown Naperville!
As Vinny would say, !!!!!


I'm just a far from the city, so there you go.
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Re: Gun Poll

Post by jhogue » Sun Aug 30, 2020 2:36 pm

I would like to have checked two boxes.

I bought and carried my own Colt .45 Combat Commander and a Walther PPK when I was on active duty in the 1980s. I sold them both when I left active duty years ago.

After the George Floyd riots, I got a concealable Walther CCP .380, went for a refresher on a local police range, and I am signed up for a concealed carry permit class in September. I live in the Twin Cities suburbs and I have no confidence in our current crop of political leaders.
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Re: Gun Poll

Post by Tortoise » Sun Aug 30, 2020 2:46 pm

Interesting, thanks for sharing, jhogue. I almost created the poll with a fourth option of something like “was already a gun owner, but bought more guns and/or ammo as a result of the BLM/Antifa riots.” Sounds like you would have checked that box.

The people of Kenosha probably had no idea riots would erupt there. Then suddenly, an unforeseen police incident occurred and the town was ablaze. So presumably it’s something that could happen anywhere in any state — even far from a big city.
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