07-26-2012, 12:23 AM
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Guys,

A very delicate subject given recent events.

How do you fellas feel about US gun ownership laws?

Is it really as easy as walking into a specialist hardware store and buying an off the shelf semi-automatic weapon?

I'd be staggered if that was the case?

Mark

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 07-26-2012, 01:01 AM
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Very sensitive topic, and bordering on politics.. however, the view on guns is an interesting cultural difference between the old and new world, so I hope we can keep this thread focused and on topic.

Caveat lector: I am not a US citizen, but I'm married to one, so I got a bit of knowledge - although I hope someone more knowledgable will correct any mistakes I make. I'm also living in one of the "gun-richest" lands (31.3 firearms per 100 people) in western Europe, own my own rifle and work in the military... I like guns Tongue

Short answer: It depends.

Long answer: It depends what state you're in - different states have different laws. AFAIK some states pretty much allows you to buy guns "over the counter" after an instant background check (whatever that entails), other states mandates that you'll have to wait a few days or more before you can pick up your new purchase. States also vary in their laws regarding concealed carry, and in their laws on where you can carry.

I've also seen statements online to the effect that you can buy guns without a background check in some states, but that would surprise me if it's true.

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 07-26-2012, 01:22 AM
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Most states have background check requirements.

Some states have gun show exemptions for private party sales, meaning no background check, no waiting.

There was a ban on "assault rifles" but it expired. It's a political hot potato, so no legislators want to get near the issue, too worried about being re-elected as usual.

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 07-26-2012, 01:23 AM
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Thanks Hans, real eye opener.

I suppose a better question should be whether tighter gun controls be introduced?

Licences only issued to those needing weapons, ie farmers, sport shooters & the like?

I'm really struggling with the concept of an 'average Joe' like me being given access to a weapon.

I guess it must be a cultural thing?

We play cricket!!! LOL

(07-26-2012, 01:01 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: Very sensitive topic, and bordering on politics.. however, the view on guns is an interesting cultural difference between the old and new world, so I hope we can keep this thread focused and on topic.

Caveat lector: I am not a US citizen, but I'm married to one, so I got a bit of knowledge - although I hope someone more knowledgable will correct any mistakes I make. I'm also living in one of the "gun-richest" lands (31.3 firearms per 100 people) in western Europe, own my own rifle and work in the military... I like guns Tongue

Short answer: It depends.

Long answer: It depends what state you're in - different states have different laws. AFAIK some states pretty much allows you to buy guns "over the counter" after an instant background check (whatever that entails), other states mandates that you'll have to wait a few days or more before you can pick up your new purchase. States also vary in their laws regarding concealed carry, and in their laws on where you can carry.

I've also seen statements online to the effect that you can buy guns without a background check in some states, but that would surprise me if it's true.

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 07-26-2012, 02:14 AM
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Guys,

We have a rule here against discussing contentious topics in the 'Parlor' - gun ownership and control in the US is certainly one of them and is specifically mentioned in the 'Parlor' rules. Given that your posts have not yet resulted in any unpleasantness, I'm going to leave the thread open until the other mods get a chance to vet it, but once they've weighed in, it may get locked.

Future posters here should bear in mind that we don't want this developing into a thread on gun control. Mark asked a question - as long as you answer that question, the thread may go on.

Stay mindful of the rules, please.

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 07-26-2012, 03:24 AM
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Actually Yohann, having read through the posting guidelines in more detail I could see where this thread may lead so maybe in order to lock now rather than push on?

It was more out of curiousness on my part following the tragic outcome in Aurora.

(07-26-2012, 02:14 AM)yohannrjm Wrote: Guys,

We have a rule here against discussing contentious topics in the 'Parlor' - gun ownership and control in the US is certainly one of them and is specifically mentioned in the 'Parlor' rules. Given that your posts have not yet resulted in any unpleasantness, I'm going to leave the thread open until the other mods get a chance to vet it, but once they've weighed in, it may get locked.

Future posters here should bear in mind that we don't want this developing into a thread on gun control. Mark asked a question - as long as you answer that question, the thread may go on.

Stay mindful of the rules, please.

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 07-26-2012, 03:50 AM
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Thanks for understanding, Mark. I'll lock the thread and leave it up so that people can see it.

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