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  •  I have been wondering (8+ / 0-)

    why there should not be a requirement for an obvious external indication of a round in the chamber. It could be designed not to be obvious to a bystander, if that was the concern. I wonder if something like that would help or if it would make people more complacent.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 05:35:53 PM PDT

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    •  For hunters, it would not be an issue (2+ / 0-)
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      if someone can tell the chamber is empty. I personally am only comfortable with one gun: a 20/20 side by side shotgun.

      It's what I know best, but even apart from that it has the obvious benefit that you cannot help but know if it's loaded. When you break the breach, there's just no way to be in doubt about it.

      “liberals are the people who think that cruelty is the worst thing that we do” --Richard Rorty Also, I moved from NYC, so my username is inaccurate.

      by jeff in nyc on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 05:40:32 PM PDT

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    •  We've talked about this a few times, the problem (4+ / 0-)

      I could see with mandatory "trigger locks", people becoming lazy and just throwing their firearm anywhere or leaving it anywhere. Like the diary about an Aunt that "forgot" her firearm was on a counter and her 3 yr old nephew got shot.

      Someway we have to instill in people the understanding that they are a dangerous tool that can kill in an instant if not properly controlled and handled and stored.

      I'm all for mandatory firearm safety classes and refresher courses every couple years.

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      by gerrilea on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 05:42:19 PM PDT

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      •  And trigger locks don't do anything (3+ / 0-)
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        if a round is in the chamber, in fact it may even partially depress the trigger and make it more volatile. I've never been a fan of them; best to keep 'em in a safe when not used.

        A chamber block would have been better under the circumstances described.

        •  I use a cable style lock (0+ / 0-)

          that goes through the chamber and in the case of handguns, through the magazine well.  This prevents a cartridge from being chambered and the action from being charged.

          Even then, I still treat the weapon as being loaded.  I was taught the "Peek and Poke" inspection.  Look at the chamber, then confirm by touch that it is empty.

          Complacency and guns are a deadly combination.

          As with seatbelt awareness, I would love to see a public education program that drives home the importance of securing weapons to put an end to these preventable tragedies.

          I see a very beautiful planet that seems very inviting and peaceful. Unfortunately, it is not.…We're better than this. We must do better. Cmdr Scott Kelley

          by wretchedhive on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 06:13:19 AM PDT

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