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Need help with a Weapon

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posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 04:51 AM
I am in Indiana Lake County and really need help with the rules and laws of having a handgun. If anyone is from Indiana and can help I would like to know the process how do I start off so that I can be buy a hand gun and carry it. I already have an idea on what type of gun I want but am lost as to how to go through the steps.


posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 05:14 AM
I have no idea. You live there, then find out the rules there. Just saying........

I suggest you at least visit your county clerck and inquire.

When in doubt, no, I AM not a lawyer, just carry openly or keep weapons at your residence.

Like I said, I am no lawyer, those bastards, lol, do what you believe is right. And, of course, learn the laws where you live. And decide what you can "live" with.

posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 05:17 AM

posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 05:28 AM
I just want to add, I live in Kentucky, and last February I went to a gun show. I chose to purchase a Glock 17 9mm. I can carry openly here, by the way, and I chose that weapon and in 10 minutes I owned the weapon. I bought it from a dealer and he had a phone .line to the FBI, on a Saturday. And, of course, I was approved. The expediency was what cost me 50 dollars more than if I had waited 5 days, lol

By the way, I like that handgun. I pity the silly criminal fool that stands in front of it. lol

It's not as cozy as my former Dan Wesson .357 revolver, but it's more accurate at 50 yards. If only I can keep my finger off the trigger. The damn gun wants to just kill every can and bottle and coyote in sight!

Obviously guns kill people, not other people holding the guns.

posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 06:17 AM
Best way I foumd was going to a gun shop, if they sold it to you it had to be legal.
Then ask about permits and such.

posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 06:34 AM
reply to post by kyred

Your lucky if you can hit a target the size of a house-hold door at a range of more than 25 yards...

posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 06:58 AM
reply to post by Death_Kron

Heh. Yeah. I'm rather lucky for a guy who can't see crap. lol
You must become one with your weapon,, lol, and all that stuff. grasshopper, lol

I guess I just have that, welll, sort of whatever it is, that people can't quite put their finger on. lol

400 meterw and a head shot, using an M16A2, consistenly. well, I admit, I didn't see the targets clearly, but I always "saw" the target.

No way would I have been a sniper, though. Just lucky.

I know the drill. at 25 meters, most operators of the .45 caliber pistol would be lucky, really lucky, to qualify. 9mm, maybe it was the same results or close. It's not like military personnel can spend as much time shooting their weapons as they can spend time running in formation each morning.

posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 07:16 AM
reply to post by kyred

Fair enough mate, I also can't see very well; I need glasses to watch TV and to drive.

I've not actually shot a firearm, apart from a 12 gauge shotgun when clay pigeon shooting, but I've had a lot of experience with air pistols, CO2 pistols and air rifles.

However, I do read alot and have a particular interest in the military and special forces, it's always quoted that after 25 yards your pretty lucky to hit whatever you was firing at.

[edit on 1/7/10 by Death_Kron]

posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 07:29 AM
Sorry i removed it, wrong post

[edit on 1-7-2010 by nagabonar]

posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 08:01 AM
Um, suuuuuuuuuure... hitting targets with a handgun at 50M... maybe if it's a dump truck!
Don't kid yourself - handguns are for close contact - 20 yards maximum. If you feel like you need to hit something beyond 25 meters, your best bet is buy a long gun.

Anyway OP, do a simple google search for "Handgun laws in Indiana". Doing so will result in links like THIS one that detail the laws in your state. Remember, especially when it comes to firearms, ignorance of the law is NOT a valid defense.
Good luck and shoot responsibly.

posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 11:46 AM
reply to post by kozmo

I'm not going to say it is accurate at 50 yards, but I can hit my target with my Ruger SR9 9mm pistol at that range just fine. Of course, I understand that my handgun isn't meant for that kind of distance, but it isn't impossible, and with enough practice it can be done.


As for info, go to your state legislatures website and look up your state gun laws. County and city ordinance may also apply.

[edit on 1-7-2010 by projectvxn]

posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 09:11 PM
don't forget about pistol target shooting! (although I think most target pistols shoot .22?) many people can be accurate if they have their gun customized to them and use proper shooting techniques. it is really all about proper setup, weapon comfort, and muscle memory. the more you do it the better you get.

As far as actually getting the pistol and carrying, in my state, the rules are this:

For handguns you need to pass background check. They do this when you go in to buy or you can wait 5 days. If at a shop i believe they charge extra for the same day background check. If you have your Concealed Carry permit you can buy a handgun and walk out same day with it.

Background Check Red-flags:

- felonies
- on record domestic violence/disputes
- documented mental illness or metal health issues

You can walk into a store and buy a shotgun or rifle and leave same day with it in WA. No permit/background check needed. Of course the sale gets registered with the Police Department just like any gun.

Getting a Concealed Permit: I am told this background check does go through the FBI and is looked at with more scrutiny. All I did was go to the local police headquarters (not precinct, headquarters) and this is where you can apply. You have to get fingerprinted and submit your application and if approved it will arrive to you in the mail within 30 days. I got mine in 5 days. Weird cause I live in a big city. Washington state CCW cost 55 dollars.

As far as making the decision to buy a handgun and also to decide to carry on a daily basis, I think everyone should. Not only is it your right to have the means to protect yourself but a duty to protect your loved ones. I had a long conversation with my mother the other day as we are talking about getting the entire family back together in one state and pooling our resources to prepare for when the SHTF in this country and she will now be going out to purchase a weapon to protect the house until I can get out there.

In saying that, I also want to say, get one while you can. Get a few, and plenty of ammo. When it all does come down, it will be the first thing people are gonna go for.


[edit on 1-7-2010 by Savage206]

posted on Jul, 6 2010 @ 11:35 PM
While pistols can be difficult to shoot accurately, the guns themselves can be quite accurate. I have a 1911 .45 that is surprisingly accurate. I'm not a great shot, but with a buddy spotting for me with bino's, I was able to hit the steel ram at 100 yards after a few shots. Reviewing the video later, the previous shots where hitting in a small area,easily small enough to land on the ram target if I had the elevation right.
I've seen gusy who are really good with a pistol make shots I'dhave thought damn near impossible.

posted on Jul, 9 2010 @ 12:16 PM
reply to post by kozmo
i think you need to read the "Colt Walker" letters yes that is the colt 44 1847 model for the Texas ranger Samuel Walker, I think you will find it a good read, an account of one these Rangers using the walker is interesting one is said to have hit his man at over 200 yards with a single shot!

posted on Jul, 9 2010 @ 11:14 PM
reply to post by bekod

Fair enough! I recognize that there are exceptions to the rule. The longer the barrel, the more accurate the firearm - a 1911 syle chassis being a great example. That being said, most of these threads are posted by novices who haven't the benefit of hundreds of hours of range time, like others of us. Secondly, I don't wish to confuse noobs who may be looking for a concealed carry piece which features MAYBE a 3" barrel.

posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 12:52 AM
reply to post by kozmo
How true i was just making a point that if in certain situations, one shot with a pistol is all that is needed, now to the point about self defense pistols i have owned many, in all types, my preference, is 44cal 45 cal 9mm auto compact sig is what i would recommend, glock is an other, the 44 and 45 depends on how long of a shot and or rounds need,nothing shorter than a 6in barl. for a six shooter, 44 autos are making a come back DE makes a good one but it is $$$$$ price is also a factor. now on to the law, i live in Utah, and as long as you have $ and can pass the background check your out the door, i am also a member of the NRA, it is a good way to stay on top of the issues that affect the right to keep and bear arms. The reason i mentioned the NRA is they list state by state the laws that govern ownership and ccp ccr, Concealed carry, Concealed permits, i for one go for the open carry, the reason ,think about this if you see some one in the open, you might think twice if your the bad guy, yes it does make people nervous, but i think with time people will get used to it, and lastly, get what you feel comfortable with for your the one that counts. just my 02 cents

posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 09:42 AM
reply to post by bekod

My home protection piece is Sig P226 in .40S&W and my carry piece is Sig P239 in .40S&W. I'm not worried about range, so I pack 180 grain instead of 165 grain for more punch. Accuracy on the 229 with 180 gr. is about 60 to 100 feet, depending on conditions. With the shorter barrel of the 239 I am down to about 25 to 40 feet. But again, that is what they are designed for. If I want more range I'll pull out either my Ruger mini 14 or my Sig 556.

Oh, and by the way... Anyone looking for simple home protection might consider the Mossberg 500 series 12 guage shotty.

posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 12:11 PM
I think there may be a difference between hitting a target at 25-50 yards in a controlle environment with all variables in your favor, and actually hitting a target at that range during an actual combat situation or home defense situation. I think that range exceeds the average size of an urban dwelling anyways.

Im an amateur, only being semi-accurate at the range with pistols past 15 yards. Then again I only get to do so like once or twice a year due to money and time restraints. I suppose if I had the means to practice every weekend or even once a month, I can improve significantly.

I actually do not own any pistols, at this time, two rifles. Ill probably buy another concealable after tax time. Ill have alot of bills cleared out by then.

As far as the subject of this topic, definetly call the local sheriffs office or clerk of the court as has been stated for direct information.

posted on Jul, 12 2010 @ 01:44 AM
call sherif might be a good idea

posted on Jul, 13 2010 @ 11:20 PM
When I lived in Indy, I went to the city county building downtown and got the application for a carry permit. I got the permit to carry in about four weeks.
IIRC, you don't need a permit to buy, just to carry.
Take this with a grain of salt, this was in 1998 and the laws may have changed.

A couple links that may help

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