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PostSubject: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:09 am

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Leaning against a scrub pine as preschoolers scurry about at his feet, Shane Gazda, father of 3-year-old twins, recalls a conundrum he faced earlier that morning: whether to take his Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun to a Groundhog Day celebration in this town's White Deer Park.

After all, what was once against the law in North Carolina – carrying a concealed gun in a town park, square, or greenway – is now, as of Dec. 1, 2011, very much allowed. To Mr. Gazda, who likes to shoot targets in his backyard, an event as innocent as paying homage to a rodent could turn dangerous if the wrong person shows up.

"Part of it is being ready for cataclysm every day," says Gazda, a hospital maintenance engineer. "And to be honest, I started carrying precisely to protect not just myself, but my family, and anyone around me who needs help."

In the end, Gazda left the gun at home. But his internal debate is emblematic of one a growing number of Americans are having almost daily. Thirty years after a powerful gun-control movement swept the country, Americans are embracing the idea of owning and carrying firearms with a zeal rarely seen since the days of muskets and militias.

A combination of favorable court rulings, grass-roots activism, traditional fears of crime, and modern anxieties about government has led to what may be a tipping point on an issue that just a few years ago was one of America's most contentious. Gun rights have now expanded to the point where the fundamental question seems not to be "should we be able to carry guns," but instead is "where can't we carry them?"

The answer: not very many places.

The new North Carolina statute, in fact, is one of hundreds of new gun-friendly laws enacted by states and localities in the past few years alone. Mississippi lawmakers, for instance, recently voted to allow gun owners who take an extra safety class to carry hidden weapons on college campuses and in courthouses. Ohio has granted people with permits the right to bring concealed weapons into restaurants, bars, and sports arenas. A 2010 Indiana law stipulates that private business owners let employees keep guns in their cars when parked on company property. And New Hampshire, along with several other states, has removed restrictions on bearing arms in the ultimate politically symbolic place – the State House.

In 2009, three times as many pro-gun laws were passed in the United States as antigun measures – a trend that experts say has only accelerated since then. Fully 40 states now mandate that anyone who asks for a concealed-carry permit and meets the qualifications must be issued one. One result: The number of concealed-weapon license holders in the US has gone from a few hundred thousand 10 years ago to more than 6 million today. In some parts of Tennessee, 1 out of every 11 people on the street is either carrying a weapon or has a license to do so.

"It's a huge sea change, and one lesson to take out of all of this is that it's amazing how fast attitudes on constitutional issues can change," says Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and the author of "An Army of Davids." "The thinking has turned in a way that many thought to be impossible only 15 years ago."


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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:23 pm

And then there is New Jersey, where even judges can not carry for their own protection. Why am I being tortured?
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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:02 pm

OK has passed open carry and they are just 50 miles to the north of where I am! You would have thought TX would have done that first but OK beat us to the punch!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:24 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:43 pm

It ain't all bad! I was raised there from the time I was three days old until I was old enough to know better and I got back to TX!!! LMAO!! I am a Native Texas though and MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE SHOWS IT!!! Not like some folks I know that do not even have one!!! GGG!~~!

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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:27 pm

I never thought it was bad. It has to be better than my state.
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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:51 pm

OK is not a ba state to be from but it is not as aggressive and forward thinking as TX is!! JMHO!! I like being in TdX and will be here form now on!

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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:14 am

There is alot worse places to be, and you know that you are fortunate to reside in an American state. Soon I will be also.
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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:19 am

The real difference in TX at the present time is TX can get along one heck of a lot better by itself than the Union can get along without it! JMHO!!

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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:08 pm

I seem to agree with you on this. This is what you get when your politicians and businees leaders have balls and good sense.
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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:46 pm

It is called being self sufficient and smart!!! JMHO!!

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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:57 pm

Also honest and dedicated.
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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:21 pm

Very true!

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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:09 pm

I just hope I can retire and move to your fine state. I would like to contribute.
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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:18 pm

Just keep it in minds and when the opportunity presents itself just do it! That will make it happen. You will fit in well here!! Come on and don't be long!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:30 am

I find myself thinking about it more and more. I have to start looking on the internet for property there. If the right parcel shows itself I may be able to at least get that part going.
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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:45 am

Property values have steadily gone down over the past two to three years. I do not expect them to stay in that mode for a long time. I think you will find that 10 acres is the magic number in the state to be able to do whatever you want to do on it. The Legislature liked that number and are very kind to 10 and up!

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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Sat Mar 24, 2012 1:45 pm

Ten acres is fine by me, with my home right smack dab in the middle. With all around being a free fire zone. GGG
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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:00 am

I generally open carry on my 15 acres and have the pistol shooting area between two containers! Then I am working on a dirt berm on the back side of my tank that will be in the 200 yard range from the gate going into the back area of the property. It is nice to have these on site and not having to drive to get to a place where I can shoot. Never have been able to do that before this location! Never will go to a smaller property even though there is maintenance and upkeep involved. JMHO!!

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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:34 pm

Thank your lucky stars for what you have acheived. I was looking at properties in Denton County and almost choked on my cigar. Those are some huge prices there. Up and over 1 million for a few acres. Is that considered east Texas? I saw some nice homes for under $70K but with no land. No worry I have time.
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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:27 pm

East Texas would be considered to be about 100 miles east of Denton County. Starts around Tyler and east from there. If you get that far out the prices drop considerable but so do the wages and jobs! I used to live in Plano back in the late 60's early 70's and it was much more reasonable then!! Everything now is much more than it has ever been before. Check around Krum, Slidell, Sanger, Aubrey, Pilot Point and maybe even in Wise County in Weatherford and Bridgeport. That is just west of us and you might also check in Cooke County in Gainesville. Things ought to be a lot more reasonable.

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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:36 pm

This sounds like a plan. I was suprised to see the prices around by you. Are you considered in the Fort Worth-Dallas metro area?
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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:23 pm

It is called the Golden Triangle area! I guess as the area has grown we are also included in the DFW area also but forever it has been known as the Golden Triangle area. Many have migrated here in the last few years. The influx of folks has expanded the metro area far beyond what all projections were for the last 10 to 15 years. They are playing catch up and I am still in the country! However, we are only in the country by about three miles or so!! If the growth continues it will not be long before we are in the middle of a bunch of apartment complexes adn tract houses!! LMAO!! There will be 15 acres there in the big middle of it where there will be no further development!! I can guarantee that!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture   Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:28 pm

I would choke if that happened to me. I would have to sub divide my property to the highest bidder and find new digs. What is that large body of water east of you? It's looks like a nice place to live.
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