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Decisions Decisions.

Every now and again a gun owner enters periods of intense desire for firearms which can be met with not enough money to facilitate all the interests at that time. Here in NJ I find this typically is exacerbated by the handgun permitting system that we have. The troubles of getting new permits tend to make people get at least two or more at a time. This may not seems too bad but when you add the 90 days expiration and one gun a month (OGAM) policy it adds to an even more stressful buying experience. 

I find myself in such a quandary, two permits coming soon and a myriad of choices and interests in what to buy. Ive narrowed my interests into a few things. The first will be a compact level carry gun in the vein of Glock 19 or S&W M&P9c. Next I have fallen in love with modern S&W J frames which although perfectly acceptable carry guns have certain drawbacks which make compact semi-autos more attractive. The two wildcards that I ran across are the Ruger SR-22 and the Walther PPX. Decisions decisions, what’s a man to do. 

To make these decisions more difficult me and two friends who share the costs and manpower of reloading are going to be upgrading from a Lee single stage to a Dillon progressive, as well as a bulk order of components. Enough whining on my part all this rationalizing and interest in concealed carry brought me to an article from The Detroit News the full article can be found HERE

Bottom line is something that I have always agreed with, the more law abiding citizens having and carrying legal firearms, the safer society will get. Apparently the Chief of Police agrees.

One step forward let us hope there won’t be two back.

The full article from the Chicago Tribune can be found here.

In short a U.S. District Judge ruled Chicago’s city wide ban on both retail and personal sales of firearms to be unconstitutional. This starts to get you all warm and fuzzy for the 2A until the realization hits that it is not a done deal. There is still time for the city to appeal, which under the command of Rahm Emanuel is not unlikely. He is already outspoken against the decision. The city has even jokingly blamed the glut of illegal guns in the city on lenient state and federal laws. Yeah I’m sure all the saturday night specials and mac 10s were straw purchased. The city stated “We need stronger gun safety laws, not increased access to firearms within the city.”, give me a break.

As evidenced in the past, I’m sure the powers at be will find other ways to suppress the second amendment rights of its residents. Which is why I titled this entry as I did.


NJ Bonus: I actually had an audible response when I read this bit, “The latest court ruling in the long legal fight came one day after Illinois, the last state to approve a concealed carry law, began accepting applications from residents who want to carry concealed firearms in public.”. Oh really, NJ has a concealed carry law, could have fooled me. Although we are a “may-issue” state, it’s laughable. My completely non scientific research goes as follows. In NJ where I currently live and have lived in for most of my life I know anecdotally of a handful  of people who have carry permits, I’m talking count on one hand, handful here. These people only have their permits based on the fact their business is in guns or they transport a lot of cash frequently, which makes them targets. Who they know probably doesn’t hurt either. To contrast that, when I was living in Ohio and Michigan I knew a bunch of people, personally, who had carry permits and carried often. These were average blue collar folks, college professors, and grandmothers. Im talking a wide spectrum of folks, who for a small fee and training exercised their second amendment rights freely.