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5 years 37 weeks ago, 9:27 PM

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In light of the recent "accident" that Plaxico Burress had with his firearm, I have an idea. Possibly extreme, but imagine this: If you are a first time gun buyer, you must complete a one-time mandatory firearm training class. Most cities have proper facilities, ranges, etc. to allow this to happen. Additionally, if the buyer has been a police officer, member of the armed forces, or have completed Hunter Education/concealed carry, they don't have to complete the class.

The class would be simple, and very similar to Hunter Education/Concealed Carry. Essentially a short test with a study book and one day of class that would include live fire. If you already own a gun before this idea hypothetically became a law, then you would be grandfathered in.

The political upside is that this could possibly keep the Gun-Hatin' Libs off our back. The downside is that it still allows them to control our free rights.

Tough call, right? What do you guys think? Maybe we have something here? Or not?

When the government fears the people, there is liberty; when the people fear the government there is tyranny. -Thomas Jefferson
5 years 37 weeks ago, 11:46 PM

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Yeah

This practice is already in effect in some of us Northern states. Massachusetts mandates it for anyone who wishes to own a gun...they all have to have licenses even for long guns. Though I do not agree with that concept at all, I think the idea of familiarization with the weapons before owning them is a very important thing and whether it should be law or not is debatable. In my state you need only have a drivers license to buy a long gun, with a two week waiting period, but if you have your license to concealed carry you may outright purchase one since you have to recieve training to recieve your license to carry.

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5 years 37 weeks ago, 11:53 PM

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You go thru a class and shoot a little like 40 rounds and then you get your CCW. But, even if you have a CCW they still do a background check on you again and it is the same in Indiana too.

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5 years 37 weeks ago, 12:05 AM

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Yup

Yeah, sorry I forgot to mention they perform a background check on you here also before the license to carry....interestingly enough, we do NOT recieve a license to Concealed carry...but instead a license to carry, thus it is legal to open carry instate, however, it is highly frowned upon by the DPS....

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5 years 37 weeks ago, 12:32 AM

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Btw

That guy is an idiot for shooting himself.....

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5 years 37 weeks ago, 10:50 AM

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luckily, here in AZ... if you are a CCW permit holder, then no background checks/no waiting. just pay and leave with your new toy. Of course there is the one time background check to get the CCW, but after that, no waiting.

I do like the idea of a one time safety course. It couldn't hurt.

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5 years 35 weeks ago, 10:49 PM

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i do not like the idea of a state mandated test to own a firearm. Although good in theory, it could easily be abused, and could be used to discourage or deny gun ownership. Who decides what goes on the test, how long will it be will they work across different states?

why should i have to prove to the state i can own a firearm. It is my right to keep and bear arms. Although it is unsettling (espically to the goverment) that we must have faith in our fellow citizens to be responsible. I do however encourage new gun owners to take a class on how to hanlde a firearm, and i am very familiar with all of my guns. But it should be up to the individual to decide if they need training and from who a class, family member,friend, ect.

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5 years 35 weeks ago, 11:08 PM

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I agree with Jack above. The Amendment is without qualification, save for felons and mental illness, as it must be. With freedom, comes responsibility. If the government decides what you must do before you are allowed to own a gun, you will eventually not own one at all; which unfortunately, is where we are headed.

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