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Defining Moment(s) that led to your decision to CCW

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by Wasatch, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. Daryl in Az

    Daryl in Az Enjoying life!

    Aug 31, 2007
    I grew up with firearms. I had my first shotgun when I was 9 years old, and bought my first .22 LR when I was 12 (parents with me, of course). I got my first centerfire rifle when I was 10 I think, and started loading my own ammo accordingly (with strict instructions from my father). I got my first handgun when I was about 16, although I'd been shooting my father's before that.

    I carried openly, and also in my truck, from the time I was a teen. So, when Arizona became a shall-issue state, it was only natural to also get a CCW permit.

    It was no earth shattering decision on my part, for sure!

  2. GreenDrake

    GreenDrake Rip Lips

    Apr 22, 2007
    North Idaho
    I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.

  3. kurt_cobain


    Nov 5, 2007
    I don't think there was "one" defining moment for me, but there were a number of factors. My buddy has one and we shoot together a lot. There are also a number of "killer dogs" in our neighborhood and I have kids; also there have been stories of coyotoes and such. And of course, personal proection and I'd be amiss if I didn't say that one factor was the school shooting recently, although I'm not in school, stuff like that is a factor.
  4. Lewsid 13

    Lewsid 13 Senior Member

    Jan 25, 2007
    Because Minnesota went "Shall Issue", and I live in the hood!
  5. lindh

    lindh Reaaly Old Fart

    Nov 14, 2006
    That about sums it up for me. I live in Nebraska, a very right-wing State but where it's illegal to conceal carry in many towns. In fact, the further to the right- the more restrictive the laws. So much for the "liberal" aspect of anti-gun. Here, it's a matter of economics - "spend your money here, it's safe because we don't allow concealed carry".
  6. Braden


    Feb 10, 2005
    Fortunately I have no "defining moment" that made me decide to start carrying a gun. Truthfully, the thought had never really occurred to me until 2001 when I had the opportunity to take a free CHL course. Since it was free, I figured I might as well. So I did.

    When I took my class the only handgun I owned was a Ruger P90. Needless to say it wasn't very concealable so I never carried. It wasn't until late 2001 when I bought a Taurus PT145 that I started actually carrying. By the way, that gun was promptly traded for my first Glock...the G30.

    Now I pretty much carry all the time. There has only been one instance where I thought I MIGHT have to draw my gun. Fortunately I did not...and I hope it stays that way.
  7. I got through the first 100 posts before skipping to post my own. I would first like to those of you that have been victims " Glad your here to tell your stories

    I have always known I would get a permit and carry. As of this post. My Permit is still in the mail. I am 31 years of age. IMO I waited too long.

    I grew up just outside NYC. My fathers business, which he owned 'till I was 25, and worked with for over 7 years, took me to some of the worst areas in that city. I have also seen enough atrocities around me to convince myself a permit, and the ability to carry was certainly in order.

    Having lived in NY and Miami proper, I never ordered a permit. In NY the comom Knowledge is that you don't get a CCW unless you own a business, have been attacked or have political connections. In FL, until now, I was just lazy about it. For the record, I grew up in Nassau County NY. This is Chuck Shumers backyard, as well as, Carolyn McArthy. I remember when her Husband and Son were brutally murdered. I have been present too many times in a life threatening situation. I know I am lucky to be alive. Gun Control Laws do nothing to stop a criminal from harming the innocent.

    The upcoming election and threat of a new AWB is what has prompted me to "Man UP" and procure a good stash of firearms and be prepared.

    Having been raised in a conservative household has imbedded the RKBA in me for life. This is something I will share with my children. Personal Rights and Responsobilities are extremely important to me. My father served in Vietnam. He has not held a firearm since.

    Really I just want to let you GT's know that I thank you for your commitment to your beliefs. We bear a heavy cross, and I wish you and your families unending peace.

    PS. WHen can we get *****EDITED FOR POSTING VIOLATION*****spell check on this forum?
  8. Moonfish

    Moonfish CLM

    Feb 20, 2007
    Texas (DFW)
    Finding myself (a Texan) in southeast Oklahoma unarmed... and hearing banjo music. :shocked: The only alternative was to hand out 1-800-FREEDENTALWORK cards and hope for the best...
  9. FLGUY

    FLGUY Guest

    Because I live in Florida. Enough said. :alex:
  10. mabar


    May 24, 2007
    Switch over to Mozilla Firefox. It has a built-in spell checker.

  11. wjv


    Jan 17, 2002
    Pacific NW
    Born in Chicago IL. Bought a couple handguns when I turned 21. Then Jane Byrne became mayor and banned the sales of all new handguns. Mine were grandfathered under the law.

    Move out of Chicago.

    3 years later mover to Colorado. Bought more guns and high capacity magazines as soon as a certain person became President. HINT: "It depends on what the meaning of the words 'is' is.". CO was a fairly gun friendly State, but no CCW was available at that time.

    13 years later moved to WA State. Got a new DL, a new voters card, and a CCW.

    What REALLY ticked me off about Chicago was that I had a IL State "Blue Card" (armed security officer) and a carry permit. I could buy, and carry, and use a gun while working a job to protect some store from being robbed, but couldn't buy, and carry, and use a gun to protect myself at home, or during non-working hours. The carry permit was only good for 1hr before/after work when commuting.
  12. mike1969

    mike1969 NRA&GOA

    Jun 20, 2007
    Jax, FL
    Yours would have been close to the window if you had been in that same situation. If that thugs wants my truck he can have it. But when he comes up to the door and I have a chance to defend myself I will.
  13. ComeAndGetThem


    Mar 31, 2007
    Ate lunch at Luby's in Killeen, TX 24 hours prior to the then worst mass murder in U.S. history.
  14. sheriff733

    sheriff733 NRA LIFE MEMBER

    Nov 4, 2007
    I got interested in it when:

    I realized that I live in the greatest nation on the face of the earth that gives me the right to keep and bear arms and SWEARS that cannot ever be taken away.

    Nuff' said.

  15. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    Everybody in my family carried guns when I was growing up (I currently carry my grandmother's old chief special sometimes) and my father always carried a gun, usually in the open. When I turned 21 I got my first police job and bought my first handgun and have been carrying ever since. In Kentucky you could always carry in the open or in your glove compartment and a year after I quit my last police job to go to school, KY passed CCW.
  16. FLGUY

    FLGUY Guest

    Good for you. I went in the other direction. Moved down from NJ to escape the cold among other things there. It's getting really bad here in FL. I won't go back to NJ cuz it's impossible to get a CCW. Eight more years till retirement then I'm OUTTA HERE! :wavey:
  17. When Michigan changed the law and became a shall issue state, I figured I'd get one just because I could. We were one of the earlier states to change, and I kept thinking they might repeal the law.

    Just the opposite happened, Michigan gun laws keep getting more favorable. We were one of the first to adopt the "Castle Doctrine" and to ban civil suits in justifiable self defense shootings. Now there's talk of easing restrictions on where you can legally carry.

    I guess they figure with Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids and Benton Harbor in our state, they might as well give the law abiding a fair chance.
  18. I watched a swat team take down my next door neighbors house. Turns out he was MS13 and a real scum bag. His 22yr old son stood at the front door and made racial comments about all the white guys being p@##@s and he made various threats as well.
    I began carrying soon after.
  19. I decided I'd carry a weapon when I knew I was moving from the People's Republik of Illinois to Arizona. I bought my G19 back in IL, and took my CCW course not long after I moved here. Like the old American Express motto goes: "Don't leave home without it." :cool::cool:

    I see no reason not to carry, just as I don't see any reason not to have auto or homeowners insurance.
  20. happyguy

    happyguy Man, I'm Pretty

    6. Same goes for a lady.

    Happyguy :)