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Tony Gao emerges from a gun store in City of Industry, Calif., with something he could have never gotten in his native China: a handgun license.
He passed the firearm safety test on his third try — he says the store’s Chinese translation of the test is a little off — but still, he’s a little nervous.
“Are you sure police won’t try to get me?” Gao, 58, asks.
Private gun ownership is generally banned in China. So when Chinese immigrants arrive in the U.S., many are curious about owning firearms.
At Gun Effects, Chinese buyers have shown up in droves to buy the store’s stock of soon-to-be restricted firearms.
Kai Kang, 48, lined up to purchase a scope for one of his guns. He remembers being curious about owning a gun when he came to America about a decade ago. In China he was in the military, but he never thought about owning a gun for his personal use.
Once he had his green card, he decided to try it out. Gun collecting eventually became a hobby. He goes to shooting ranges with his friends and keeps guns in his house for protection.
“I have short guns, long guns, handguns, AR-15s, rifles. I bought one, then I just kept buying more,” Kang said.
One Chinese customer new to the country started shaking when he held a gun for the first time, Lin said. When he handed the gun back to Lin, it was soaked with sweat.
“I just tell them don’t be scared. It’s legal here,” Lin said.
originally posted by: seasonal
a reply to: IkNOwSTuff
Why does it bother you?
originally posted by: IkNOwSTuff
I find it really sad that Americans equate gun ownership with freedom.
I understand how intrinsic guns are to American culture but I still find it sickening that you all celebrate it and are so proud of it