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Old 06-04-2008, 20:01   #351
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20 years ago: Wondering how I was going to ride a motorcycle, with a gun legaly...talked to cops, lawyers, people that should know...all differed in thier opinion of what violated the concealed weapon law...so for $50 I 'bought' the right to carry a firearm legaly. Problem solved.
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Old 06-09-2008, 13:58   #352
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I a 23 M born in Columbus Ohio. I was raised by my grandfather and Uncle. At age 14 i shot my first shot gun, it was a side by side Parker. It has a duel trigger and i wanted to look kool so i had my finger on both tirggers, well the kick made me pull both at around the same time and i dislocated my sholder lol. It became clear that i needed to be able to protect myself one june day about a year ago. I was driveing down town close to OSU. I was in the left lane the right was a right turn only. Thats then a car in the left hand lane illeagely crossed the street swipeing my car and all but pushing me into on comeing traffic. When i sounded my horn a man in the back seat leand out the window with a gun in his hand. I got my hand gun the next day and my CCL less then a month latter and now its allways in my car
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Old 06-09-2008, 18:11   #353
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well.. a buddy of mine was at the time a retired police detective but had 25 yrs on the force as a patrol officer.. i would listen to him and his stories and i kept talking to him about thinking of getting a pistol to carry with me when my wife and i went on vacations.. and for myself at my shop.. and at the time we lived in "fayettenam" near Ft. Bragg.. if you know where im talking about the area started to get bad.. i had lived there all my life but it was getting worse.. i ran my own business so i thought it would be a good idea to get a handgun.. he gave me alot of information.. he was a pro gun guy.. lots of guns/rifles/shotguns in his collection.. i asked him which would you buy if you had to right now.. he said no question.. glock.. which he had clarried a G22 forever.. i asked him why and he explained everything that you all know now.. he also told me if would be a good idea if i took some training and then got a permit to carry concealed.. i had already done the research and with NC being one of the states that offered the permit.. it was an American thing to do.. i did the training.. did the research on which glock to purchase.. found glocktalk.com even met some members.. i went to the range numerous times and shot just about every glock that was out at the time.. finally the one that felt the best in my big hands was the G23.. a match made in glock heaven.. then i took the ccw class and the rest is history.. so the main reason was personal and family protection... and i would do it all over again.. and i hope i never have to use my weapon but its nice to know that its there not only for my protection.. my family.. but any by standers that might need the help..

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Old 06-10-2008, 17:18   #354
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Old 06-14-2008, 12:20   #355
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What got me into guns was when I was at a McDonalds and some black dude wearing a ski mask and a bright colored construction vest came in with a crowbar and a mouse gun and went to the register and demanded money. He was high cause he started to grab the woman's breast at the register. I was with my brother and all the customers ran out. I'm getting my CCW within the next month, but I've been working a lot with weird hours and haven't been able to get them.
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Old 06-15-2008, 08:59   #356
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My home was broken into. No one was home but the alarm went off when this fool broke the window that had a "Monitored Alarm" sticker on it. And judging from the report I got from my alarm company he still entered setting off every motion sensor I have in my house alarm blaring and all, and believe me this thing is loud. Strangely enough he did not take a thing. This got me nervous because I heard about these guys breaking in and checking out a house, then breaking in at a later date to clean house.

Because this idiot did so much damage to the frame of the window and the frame of the sliding glass door it took 2 weeks to get the parts to have it replaced. I slept on my couch by the broken window for one week. After the first night I went to a gun and knife show and purchased my G19. I had to wait for the cool down period to pick up my firearm but the night before I had to pick it up I saw in my rear view mirrors a car following me without headlights on.

Call me paranoid but I hit the gas and took off like I stole something. this was about 3AM so I drove to the nearest police station and sat in the parking called home to make sure my family was OK. I did not tell my wife about the car following nor does she know abut the purchase of the firearm. lot for about 20 min then. The next day I picked up my G19.

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Old 06-16-2008, 19:32   #357
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I carry because after I retired I felt kind'a naked without one after living with one on the job every day for 25 years. Also a lot of people I sent to prison were not real nice even though they have promised to visit me when they get out.
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Old 06-17-2008, 15:58   #358
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The light bulb clicked for me when my 7th grade spanish teacher was raped and murdered, found dead off of I-95 when I was living in Florida.

It was strange that she was one of this nut jobs victim, after all, she was a 3rd degree belt and won several regional awards in competitions. My mom made the comment, too bad she didn't have a gun. My parents owned a pistol and shotgun, but never carried or really talked about them.

I though that was a great idea.

When the smoke cleared a year later they caught the guy after murdering and killing a couple other women on I-95 and surrounding state highways... thats what taught me to be very cautious of the police and not to blindly trust them. He was a FHP officer who was caught by a fellow Trooper in the act. Guy is still sitting on death row as far as I know.
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Old 06-17-2008, 16:07   #359
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^ Do your parents carry now as well? I'm working on mine.
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Old 06-18-2008, 14:51   #360
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^ Do your parents carry now as well? I'm working on mine.
They didn't up until after 9-11. They started talking to me more about it and since I had the opening I started point out the various crimes and home invasions ect. ect. in their area. Since then my Dad got his LTC and Mom still believes that the police wouldn't write up a 65 y/o retired Air Force officer for not having a license to carry. My Dad also retired Air Force Major (yeah the whole family except one of my brothers is Air Force or Navy) knows better than to think some rookie wouldn't nail him for carrying with a concealed weapon even though he's in his 70's now and hasn't even had a speeding ticket since '92.
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Old 06-19-2008, 18:20   #361
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My cousin was murdered this past January in an attempted robbery in his home. This was the defining moment for me in obtaining my concealed carry permit.
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Old 06-20-2008, 14:27   #362
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My cousin was murdered this past January in an attempted robbery in his home. This was the defining moment for me in obtaining my concealed carry permit.
OMG! I am so sorry to hear that.

I can only say I'm glad you have taken what happened and used it to make yourself aware of how the world can be and protect yourself and your family from those who have nothing but ill-intentions.
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Old 06-20-2008, 18:04   #363
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My cousin was murdered this past January in an attempted robbery in his home. This was the defining moment for me in obtaining my concealed carry permit.
Sorry to hear that.
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Old 06-22-2008, 15:42   #364
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I decided to carry because of rival drug dealers.
That was a long time ago.
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Old 06-24-2008, 17:51   #365
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No big, defining moment. But, all three of my older brothers had their permit so at my first opportunity I got mine. Works for me. I am not under any specific threats nor have I been directly touched by violent crime. But, I've had some worrisome moments and close calls and am glad that I now have something that could level the playing field somewhat.
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Old 06-24-2008, 22:35   #366
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When my daughter was born. I intend to insure she has a father, and i intend to insure she is safe. At any cost.
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Old 06-26-2008, 13:16   #367
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I got too damn old, fat, and crippled to protect my family with just my fists, and the courts keep allowing my repeat offender neighbor out of prison, no matter how many felonies he commits.
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Old 06-26-2008, 15:14   #368
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I was stationed in the state of Washington where concealed carry was legal when I turned 21 instead of Ohio, where my home of record is. My wife had already legally "owned" the pistol and a galco IWB for a year prior to my birthday, so that day I went down and applied for it.
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Old 06-28-2008, 01:07   #369
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After being sworn in as a deputy sheriff I made a conscious decision to carry everywhere I was legally able to do so. I carry my firearm off duty to protect my life, my familyís life and the lives of others. I never want to be in a position where I need a firearm and do not have one immediately available.
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Old 06-28-2008, 17:24   #370
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I'm 45 yrs old and like most of you am tired and fearfull of all the random acts of violence. You never know when some nutjob will decide to take out a group of innocents.
Home invasions! WTF
In my day you broke into a home when you knew nobody was home and no neighbors could see you.
Virgina Tech.
The church scene this past year where an angry ex? member came very armed and shot and killed some of the church goers. There was a lady (she may have worked for the church) was carrying and took him out. The members said that she saved many more lives.
I ride a motorcycle 20,000 miles/yr for fun and travel many states away solo for several days. I'm always out in the open and have been approached a few times by dirtbags, fortunately nothing happened (yet).
I have a wife and 2 small children.
Its always in the back(or front) of my mind that something crazy could happen at any instant.
I now have a 26 and 19 and will take safety classes. I'm shooting at the range alot and will do all I can to be prepared including getting my wife trained and kids when they are old enough.

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Old 07-01-2008, 15:07   #371
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Almost there

Nothing big has happened to me and this has been a slow progression but here goes.

I lived all over this USA as my dad was in the military. I've been/lived in good and not so good cities. None of them seem to be any different they all have the nightly news and they all have bad things to report.

Being a woman guns aren't talked about in our circles much. So for a long time I never knew the laws and that it was an option to carry a hand gun. However as I've gotten older (31 now) my partner and I have a nice home we just bought in TX, here guns ARE talked about. I have been in TX a year and love that you can talk and get answers from the common person about guns.

In short about 1.5yars ago in MO where we lived before, 2 men broke into our house and lucky for us they staid in the garage. They tore up my Jeep, took lots of tools, other stuff. I also in short thank powers that be we both staid asleep. Why? We had no way to defend ourselves. Had I woke up to them in the garage I can only imagine how scared I'd have been. Not having any way to deal with the situation except to call the police and wait. Wait for what would have been the question, them to come in? My mind dose wonder off to those what ifs once in awhile and have kept me up at night sometimes for the last year and a half.

So now what... I'm in a new state where it's not uncommon for people to have guns, to talk about them at work, I now know more and feel that a gun is a tool that you should own to assist in your own protection. Like any tool you have to learn to use it and to have it with you when the time is needed. Having a gun in my glove box when I'm leaving the mall will do me no good in the parking lot.

Also I've been doing some thinking now that I'm older and it seems like what a lot of men have said here. I have a nice home, a good partner of 10 years, I like my life and I like what we've built. Maybe when you get older something crosses over in you and you then know you have something to protect and that you can't wait on someone else to do it for you.

I just got a Glock 19 this past weekend. I have only shot a Glock 22 about 2 months ago. I have alot of range time ahead of me, I do plan to get the CHL class and paper work done this month so that when that card comes with my name on it I will be able to have one more way to be responsible for my life and the things in it.
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Old 07-08-2008, 06:07   #372
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What made YOU decide to CCW?

I did a ride along with the las vegas metro police dept. in january of '07, and in a matter of about 5 hours, we were called to "shots fired" calls, 3 times. that was when i bought my first gun. then, a few weeks later, i was watching the news. there was a robbery at a convenience store, 2 people went in with a rifle to the clerk's head. they told him to open the register and back up, he did what they said, and put his hands up. on their way out the door, the upstanding citizens with the rifle decided to shoot him in the back of the head for good measure. that was what made me decide to not ever trust someone with a gun pointed at me, and to trust my chances to my practice and skills with my firearm. a few weeks later, i completed my cwp class, and carry at all times(aside from at work, where it is prohibited.)

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Old 07-08-2008, 21:58   #373
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I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
This is the #1 reason why I carry.
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Old 07-09-2008, 01:13   #374
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I've always been a rifle guy, growing up in the country. When I married a woman in town, I got to thinking more about getting a handgun, since we live in the biggest city in the state, and crime is really getting out of hand here. I never really got around to buying a handgun, figuring I could take care of pretty much any threat on my own, long enough for her and the boy to get away. My wife never really liked guns, but I got her to shoot a coupla times.

Once my back went completely to hell, and I had to give up shoeing horses, I figured hand to hand fighting was out, so I finally got serious about handguns. I even did IDPA for a while, and my range sessions were generally about 500 rounds a week. (I reload) Surprisingly, my wife never griped too much about the money I spent on shooting. I guess, since I hardly ever go to the titty bar, she thinks we're saving money, now. She even started shooting a little, despite being severely cross dominant, having huge boobs, and short arms.

When I first started carrying a gun along when we'd go out, she didn't seem to care for it, but didn't dissent too much. Here the other day, a few years after I'd started carrying, we got into a situation that looked like it might get ugly, but turned out to be nothing. Later, she told me,"I started to panic, but I looked down and saw you had your gun". She also told me the reason she puts her purse in the back seat when I'm riding with her is so it won't get in my way, if I need my gun.

I'm glad my carrying makes her feel safer. That's worth quite a bit. We make an effort to avoid problem areas, but it comforts her to know that I'm armed and damn good with a gun. She even thinks it's cool that the guys at my local gun shop just tell me to go in the back room and get whatever I need, if I need something. The boy likes shooting, when I can drag him out to the range, but I don't know that I could count on either one of them to shoot when they need to. They'd probably start thinking about going to get a gun once it was too late to draw one.
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Old 07-09-2008, 02:23   #375
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was feeding our horses in a pasture we rent when some old neighbor fart thought we were tresspassing. It was almost dark and as he got closer he started yelling in a drunken voice and I noticed he had a hunting rifle. I asked him what the gun was for. He told me it was for me. half a second later he pointed it at me and ripped off a .270 round just past my left ear. I about messed my drawers, dropped my horse gear and took off toward the car half expecting the next round to go through my back. Police never did anything. (I always wonder which one of the nearby houses that .270 remington boat-tail round went through) Had i been a CCW holder at the time I'm afraid I would have shot that old drunken fart.

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