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  •  As a Mass Resident and a Florida native (4+ / 0-)
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    no matter where I go in MA I feel safer than I do when I'm even in the most rural and least populated areas of Florida.  Florida's gun laws scare the bejesus outa me.

    My family in FL stockpiles weapons and carry them everywhere.  When asked, it's for protection.  Not once has any member of my family nor has any member of several generations of my family ever been threatened with bodily harm where they had to use their weapons or even felt the need to use one.  However, my sister-in-law did commit suicide this year with a .22 right in the bed she shared with my brother after getting it from a locked gun cabinet.  They live rural Florida where the violent crime rates are low but the suicide rates are high.

    Still, I am afraid.

    It's ludicrous.

    Just my personal experience.

    •  Thanks for sharing. (10+ / 0-)

      I have not come across a situation where I've needed or felt the need to draw my weapon either.

      Then again, I've never been in a major car accident.

      I'll still wear my seatbelt and carry my firearm.

      MF and RKBA Member. This bear keeps and bears arms. -9.00, -4.05

      by KVoimakas on Tue May 18, 2010 at 05:55:12 AM PDT

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    •  thanks for the comment (10+ / 0-)

      I feel safer in MA, too, but that probably has more to do with the people than with the laws.

      I've lived in 5 states, and I have family is over 10, but FL isn't one of them. I don't quite get FL. Sort of like I don't get AZ. I love to visit both places, but I don't really want to live in either one.

      FWIW, I have some extended family that "stockpile weapons" as well (not in MA). But what scares me more is their political philosophy.

      •  great diary (4+ / 0-)

        having pretty much lived in Texas all my adult life, i guess I'm spoiled re gun rights. Everything else, politics wise here (TX), I've learned to laugh off.... MA sounds like our worse nightmare. Any one wanta tackle CA, Chicago or NYC laws. They should be history sooner than later, any guesses as to when McDonald will be decided & how state laws will change?

        Who is Mighty? One who turns an enemy into a Friend!

        by OMwordTHRUdaFOG on Tue May 18, 2010 at 08:24:35 PM PDT

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        •  I'd like to see Lefty Gunner do one on Ca as I (4+ / 0-)

          was raised there and it wasn't nearly as bad as a child. Though there was never any carrying at all as I recall, too young to remember pre 68.....

          Funny though, even my mom who had never shown any inkling of interest in guns had a couple 3 or so when I cleaned out her house........

        •  heh, there wouldn't be much to do on Az as to (3+ / 0-)
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          restrictions. Basically once the new law goes into effect there are no laws against carry except in bars (without permit) schools (same iirc) and government buildings and again iirc, when the gov buildings want you to disarm, they have to provide locked storage for your weapon and give it back when you leave.

          As to equipment restrictions, basically none though I think tracers are banned on public land and most ranges due to fire hazard. Beyond that, if you're cool with BATFE, you can buy and possess and heck even carry what you can afford.

          It's technically legal to open carry even long guns though it's a rare sighting. ..

          There used to be a guy who rode a little scooter around town with his AK strapped to his back and of course the dude at the Obama rally in Phx. Those are the only 2 I remember in an urban setting.

          Out in the boonies it's not as rare. Though actually running into anyone in the boonies here is rare. One of the reasons I love it so.

          I am wondering if more business' will put up no firearms signs when the new law starts. Now seeing one is a very rare occurrence indeed and when one does appear, it usually disappears in short order.

          That's one more thing I'll give the local gunnys, they pass the word quick and are willing to make the phone calls and change the buying habits until the sign goes away.

          How does your mandatory 30-06 signage work there? are there lots of business' banning carry or is it as rare as here....

          •  Signage in MA (3+ / 0-)
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            is not legally binding. They can just ask you to leave. You rarely see it though, because people think there is no one armed. (This is one of the few advantages of a state that doesn't have firearms as a prominent issue for the general public. We sort of stay off the radar...at least until something bad happens.)

            No schools or federal buildings, and at least in the case of Logan Airport, not even in the parking lot. The schools one is tricky, especially in Boston because you can't throw a rock without hitting a college or university.

            Bars are ok, but the statute says something like not being intoxicated while armed.

            The biggest issue is places of employment, which seem to almost universally have "no weapons" policies, including in the parking lots. I've had to violate that a few times just to go to the range after work, but I just keep it quiet.

    •  I've been assaulted and threatened (12+ / 0-)

      I was mugged in New York CIty, attacked by a girlfriend's ex-husband, and threatened by the meth dealer living next door.
      I guess, having been the victim of violent crimes, and being old enough that I can no longer fight like the mediocre karate student I was, I appreciate the right to defend myself more than you do.

      "She's petite, extremely beautiful, and heavily armed." -1995 Michael Moore documentary Canadian Bacon

      by Tom Seaview on Tue May 18, 2010 at 05:58:07 AM PDT

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    •  You seem to imply... (7+ / 0-)

      that because they have not been threatened, they never will be.

      You might want to rethink that.

      Given that logic, I need never wear my seatbelt again, and I can get rid of all my fire extinguishers.  Right?

    •  I'm happy... (7+ / 0-)

      ...that you, nor anyone in your family, has ever been threatened with bodily harm.

      Of course, I'm sure you realize that doesn't mean that no one has ever been threatened and had a firearm make the difference between threat and action, or the lack of a firearm meaning that there was no defense against that threat.

    •  Very sorry to hear you lost your sister (3+ / 0-)
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      I only have one sister, and I would be devestated.

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