What we need is gun control legislation that makes sense. We need reason, common sense, and reliability; that's it. There is not enough
standardization in the vetting process of firearm application as there should be. I say this as a patriot, a veteran, and a gun-owner. I live in New
York State, take our laws, they are the biggest, piece of junk garbage gun control laws you could imagine. In addition, the vetting process in each
individual county is significantly different; and to boot, NYC has its own rules when it comes to firearms. We have what I call, Feel-Good
laws, meaning, the make the politicians feel good about drafting and passing them, but in reality all they do is punish the
law-abiding citizen and do absolutely nothing to limit access to illegal firearms by criminals. It's kinda similar to our new healthcare (oh dear!),
it does little to improve access to quality healthcare by citizens.
I think many states may operate like NY; here is an example. Mind you we have no open-carry, it is all concealed carry. In my county it takes up to 6
months to hear back from the judge whether or not you're issued your pistol permit, however, as long as you pass a one-time felony background check
by the shop owner you can purchase a rifle or shot-gun. In other states, like Pennsylvania where my brother lives, the process is similar for an
open-carry pistol permit. Just for humor's sake, in six months I had three federal criminal background checks performed! I purchased a SW .22 M&P 15.
I then applied for my pistol permit and underwent a second federal FBI check. And then to boot, you're going to love this, six months later when I
purchased my pistol the shop owner is required one last FBI background check before I walk out of the store! Now I'm not ignorant and I understand
the rationale for this, but COME ON! REALLY!
We have a "coupon" process in my county. You'll find this amusing. When a citizen is issued his/her permit for the first time, it comes with a
coupon attached that you give to the firearms dealer. You pay for the gun, he keeps the coupon, then you go enjoy the 2nd amendment. However, your
pistol must be registered to that permit before you can carry it, translation: giant pain in the butt! The day arrives! I receive notice I can pick up
my pistol permit. I drive to the county building 10 minutes to pick up my permit. She hands both the permit and the coupon. She tells me I cannot take
possession of the pistol until she hand-writes the weapon on the back of the permit. She says they will try to give it to me but that I cannot legally
do so. Okay. So I drive 45 minutes to Gander Mountain. I purchase my Glcock 19. He goes to give me the gun and I explain everything to him. Long
story short, I walk out of the store with the firearm.
Now it's completely legal for me to have it...sort of...I felt like Ralphie in A
I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle with a compass in the stock!
That's how I felt about the G19! Remember when you purchased your first hand-gun? Well, needless to say I didn't get very far until I brought it
back in for the dealer to hold onto so I could drive 55 minutes back to the county office so she could write its dimensions on the back of the permit.
Then I drive another 55 minutes back to Gander Mountain to finally take possession of my gun. Subsequent purchases are less troublesome, as the
firearm is placed on the back of your permit when you go to pick up your coupon. This saves the extra trip. But, still, it is insane!
To add to the insanity, each judge in each county makes up the rules. Already knowing this, I was kindly
reminded the other day. I rarely put
all the money down on the gun when I make a purchase. I can't walk out the same day with the pistol so why potentially strap myself in between
paychecks, right? So I drive 30 minutes out of my after work to put money down on the pistol. I then drove home and to the county office, which took
about an hour. I turn in the receipt to the county clerk and she asks me if there is a balance, which I thought was really odd? Apparently three
months ago the judge decided that all purchases needed to be paid in full before the judge would sign the coupon. Oh dear lord! So like a week later I
make another hour long drive to the gun dealer, pay the balance off, drive the hour back to the county office building and submit for the coupon. I
was hoping to have the coupon by yesterday; it didn't happen. The NY process is incredibly painful. I think I'd be more interested in getting both
my prostate AND my colon checked on the same day!
The conspiracy theorist in me believes our government is trying to make the entire process, slowly over time, just too incredibly tedious to even
bother, and eventually, and magically, we'll forget all about the 2nd amendment. Right before our republic crashes and marshal law is declared!