Made the decision a few days ago, and contacted a few friends who had already gone through the ordeal, that it was time to start the process of acquiring my firearms license.
This should be interesting; to be rather blunt about it, I'm a big firearms nut, and merely being licensed to own my very own piece of technological awesomeness has been a goal of mine - albeit one I wasn't prepared to aggressive pursue - since I was very young. Now I'm somewhat considering getting it done.
Got to the party late, though. First round I sent downrange was when I was thirteen. Was a very informative day. I could say more, and actually have fodder for my first decent journal in ages, but I'm hesitant to get into it. There are two topics I feel are liable to bring out the worst in people, and firearms/firearm ownership is one of them. Which is why I rarely discussed the matter before.
So this is going to be interesting.
As one owner put it recently: he got his license and handgun in order to prove to himself that he could do it. He could take on the bureaucracy, the deliberate hurdles, the pointless fees, and have the financial base/skills to handle it all, in order to achieve a goal that he felt strongly about.
Ironically, looking at it carefully, it's so much harder for someone, an alone person, especially a young person, to get their own CAR license than it is to get a firearm license here - and our government is deliberately shitty about this. So it goes to show how absolutely ridiculous the system is for new drivers.
Seriously, if you're eighteen and work after college hours at McDonald's to get by, parents not supporting you, you're actually going to find it easier to get a license for your Glock 17 than your Hyundai. You'll also be holding/shooting your new gun unsupervised before you can drive you new car unsupervised.
If you don't believe me, do the research, and think of it from the point of view of an unsupported teenager/young-couple. Or just ask me to explain my reasoning. I... I guess I'll do that if you ask.
5 years, 9 months ago
03 Feb 2013 11:06 CET