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Getting rid of unwanted guns, aging-parent edition

I need advice on how to safely dispose of a collection of guns. Difficulty: One or more of them may not be legal to sell due to changes in the laws since they were purchased. This is in San Diego, CA. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2014 - 20 answers

Is it okay to bail on a work team-building activity?

I feel like I need to skip two work team-building activities that are centered around guns and shooting because the idea makes me uncomfortable... [more inside]
posted by waywardgirl on Aug 28, 2014 - 35 answers

How can I get a gun across the planet?

I want to get an air rifle from the UK ( where the police don't care about it ) to Australia ( where its a gun that needs a licence )? How...? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on May 17, 2014 - 4 answers

Leet Sniper

How far is it possible to shoot various rounds of ammunition (rifles, pistols, etc, not artillery shells), assuming one is firing for maximum distance, not impact velocity or accuracy (ie. at a 45+ degree angle). [more inside]
posted by tehloki on Jan 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Guns in the jungle around 1920?

I'm writing a story and I need to know any difficulties an army might have keeping guns in a jungle environment around the 1900s to 1920s. I know nothing about guns. [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Dec 3, 2013 - 19 answers

How concerned should we be?

The other day we found a gun holster in our front yard by the street. This alone would not normally concern us, but in context of other activity that is going on, we are pretty freaked out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2013 - 13 answers

"Accidental misfire." Ummm.... what?

My roommate accidentally "misfired" one of his guns in his room. How worried should my housemates and I be? How should we handle this situation? Advice please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2013 - 111 answers

I need to frisk my old man

How do you discreetly frisk someone for concealed firearms? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Jun 4, 2013 - 64 answers

What can I do if an intruder breaks in that DOESN'T require a gun?

I am a newly single mother. I live in a small town that is fairly safe, but you never know. I do not want a gun in my house since it raises the chances of a gun-related accident with children. [more inside]
posted by SarahBellum on Jun 4, 2013 - 65 answers

Can my stalker buy a gun?

So, this guy who has been stalking me for several years is not Brady-disqualified because we never had a domestic relationship, and he's not a felon. I already have a protective order. I'd like to know if he's disqualified from owning and buying firearms for some other reason related to his mental health or criminal history. Is there an easy way to find out whether or not somebody else is allowed to buy guns in the United States? I'm a lawyer but I don't know this.
posted by steinwald on Feb 20, 2013 - 14 answers

Tracking down stolen guns

About 30 years ago my dad had a large gun collection (about 100 total). They were stolen and only about 10 of them were ever recovered. He had a list of models and serial numbers that he sent to local law enforcement. I still have that list. is there any chance of recovering more of the guns? How would I go about that?
posted by DaddyNewt on Jan 27, 2013 - 4 answers

How do you do a background check for firearms purchases?

If an individual sells a gun to another individual, how would the seller do a background check? Is the NICS database available to private individuals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2013 - 4 answers

Game preserves near NYC?

New York City resident looking for a near-ish game preserve to go firearm hunting - suggestions?
posted by ac on Nov 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Remember a sex drugs rock n roll site from a few years back?

Sex, guns, drugs, rocknroll, fashion blog site from a few years back? Link please? [more inside]
posted by varion on Sep 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Why don't most guns have loaded chamber indicators?

When listening to the Open Yale Courses class The Psychology, Biology, and Politics of Food I learned about another public-health issue: Firearm safety. The way the guest lecturer describes it, there's no good reason why firearms shouldn't have a loaded chamber indicator, but most don't. Ever since listening to this lecture a few years ago, I've periodicallyGoogled "child accidentally shot" and every time, I've found fresh news stories of children getting shot when somebody didn't realize there was a bullet in a gun's chamber. So why don't they have these loaded chamber indicators? [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on Sep 3, 2012 - 17 answers

I'll take a jar of peanuts and a 45 automatic. I brought my own bag.

Can one really walk into a gun store in some states and just buy a gun? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Jul 20, 2012 - 17 answers

Bullets fired into the air

In a video of Syrian street celebrations over the recent assassination, a gentleman is firing a machine gun into the air. Are bullets fired into the air a danger to others? It seems obvious it would be, but I don't know the physics involved, or likelihood of a bullet hitting a person.
posted by stbalbach on Jul 18, 2012 - 16 answers

Is this gun, um...safe?

How can I tell if this very old rifle is safe to fire? [more inside]
posted by doogan nash on May 14, 2012 - 16 answers

Actual odds of violence?

Statistical risk of being in situation where a firearm would be helpful and useful (assuming a command of the weapon) in defense? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman on Apr 26, 2012 - 12 answers

See, Vera? Dress yourself up you get taken somewhere fun.

I need pet names for guns from movies and TV. For example, "Winona" was John Chrichton's blaster on Farscape, and "Vera" was Jayne's tricked-out assault rifle on Firefly. Please give me more examples. Thanks!
posted by ScarletPumpernickel on Apr 24, 2012 - 18 answers

Firing into crowds

News coverage of the Arab Spring routinely has reports (with audio-gunshots) of state actors shooting at crowds of demonstrators. Often it seems like very few people are injured/killed. Is this confirmation bias on my part, are there mass casualties, or are the folks "shooting" at the crowd (ie not at the actual people) ? [more inside]
posted by k5.user on Apr 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Press F to pick up your favourite weapon

In almost every military video game that I've played, you are allowed to exchange your current weapon for a dead enemy's. Is it legal to do this in real life? More questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Jan 24, 2012 - 27 answers

Gun ownership rules for a permanent resident in California

Does a permanent resident (green card holder) living in California have the legal right to own a gun? [more inside]
posted by gertzedek on Jan 7, 2012 - 6 answers

How to deal with a dead relatives property

My estranged uncle died and we're trying to figure out how to go about getting into his home and collecting/transferring property. The catch: multiple legal name changes and several aliases. [more inside]
posted by gally99 on Oct 19, 2011 - 17 answers

pew pew pew

What is the most fun thing to shoot a gun at? [more inside]
posted by troublewithwolves on Aug 18, 2011 - 37 answers

Buying guns: What to get and how to do it in CA?

I want to buy 3-4 guns. Which ones should I get? And how to do it in northern California? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Apr 11, 2011 - 29 answers

Wanted: Gun info without politics

What are some informative gun resources without the 2nd amendment politics? [more inside]
posted by LouMac on Mar 24, 2011 - 8 answers

McDonald v Chicago outcome?

What are the practical consequences of McDonald v. Chicago? [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider on Mar 22, 2011 - 2 answers

Shooting in Amsterdam

I'd like to go pistol shooting in Amsterdam. [more inside]
posted by alby on Mar 6, 2011 - 5 answers

Armed British police on patrol?

Saw two armed police in London - when did British police start carrying guns? [more inside]
posted by Urtylug on Jan 19, 2011 - 20 answers

What are these posters?

Are these awesome posters in Japanese? If so, what do they say? Found them at an estate sale and the guy there thought they were from WWII. I don't think they're that old, but not sure. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile on Sep 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Taser vs. Gun for Home Defense

Taser or gun better for home defense in a house with kids? [more inside]
posted by luke1249 on Jun 17, 2010 - 77 answers

Online Rifle Purchasing?

Where's the best place to legally buy rifles online? Specifically, I am looking to purchase a used .22 rifle.
posted by zzazazz on May 12, 2010 - 6 answers

What are the less-obvious ramifications to applying for a gun license?

GunFilter: What, if any, are the less-obvious ramifications of getting both a concealed-carry permit (WA state), and an alien firearms license (which is required in this case to get the permit)? For example, I assume these licenses show up on police computers - might that change the way police interact with you under certain circumstances? Are there other aspects of life where these licenses, or the database entries created by them, might influence situations? [more inside]
posted by anonymisc on Apr 22, 2010 - 16 answers

Do I Live in the O.K. Corral?

How can I tell if a gunshot-like-sound was produced by a gun or something else? [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks on Mar 10, 2010 - 20 answers

Guns & Shopping Cart Video from the 80's

Around 1984-85, about the time that "19" and "World Destruction" came out, MTV put in strong rotation a similar themed song. The video showed two guys, one white, one black singing about the proliferation of weapons while dancing with shopping carts full of guns and ammo. What was the name of the song? Who were those guys?
posted by crumblydonut on Mar 3, 2010 - 3 answers

A Shot In The Dark

Looking for the best, most comprehensive book on the history and science of firearms, preferably with illustrations, preferably available in the UK. [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite on Feb 21, 2010 - 1 answer

Guns and green card

I am a green card holder resident in the US. Am I allowed to buy a gun?
posted by Fiery Jack on Dec 17, 2009 - 11 answers

Stick to our guns? No thanks.

How do we get rid of an unregistered handgun we inherited? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2009 - 42 answers

How to correctly hand over a firearm.

How do you correctly hand a firearm over to another person? [more inside]
posted by gtr on Dec 13, 2009 - 19 answers

Guns and ADD do mix

Could being treated for ADD cause someone to lose their concealed carry permit? [more inside]
posted by TorontoSandy on Nov 16, 2009 - 7 answers

Shoot first?

In a 1 on 1 standoff with guns pointed at each other's head point blank, the hollywood convention seems to be that neither party wants to risk shooting because there seems to be an assumption that although the person has just taken a bullet between the eyes, they would magically squeeze off a shot back at the other person and kill them also. Any real-life accounts or science of what would really happen if one person just took the shot? [more inside]
posted by dino terror on Sep 3, 2009 - 17 answers

Bringing "Guns" into Canada

Can one legally bring these into Canada as a Canadian citizen? If so, will customs "illegally" confiscate them?
  • an antique, cast-iron, replica handgun. It's solid, with no holes to put bullets in.
  • a transparent, plastic BB/airsoft gun (orange tip, fires 6-mm BB's at 304 ft/sec, 30.0 x 2.1 x 10.8 inches) bought at Walmart. (They're not bringing the ammo.)
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posted by jayne on Jul 28, 2009 - 13 answers

Shipping a rifle and knives from Australia to USA. Any tips?

Moving from Melbourne, Australia to Nevada, USA. Need to ship a rifle and some knives to collect when I get there. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Eastgate on Jul 13, 2009 - 10 answers

No enemies at the gates

Do ranges exist where you can rent and fire a sniper rifle? [more inside]
posted by nomad on Apr 6, 2009 - 11 answers

How do I cover my ass?

I have reliable second hand information regarding the in-transit theft and subsequent sale of weapons in the SF Bay Area, I would like to present this information anonymously, preferably to the press. How do I best do this so as to protect myself and the source of this info? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2009 - 17 answers

What's the most comprehensive book on weaponry?

What's the most comprehensive/best book on weaponry? [more inside]
posted by Steph1en on Feb 28, 2009 - 12 answers

You'll shoot your eye out kid!

Where can I go to purchase a Red Ryder BB Gun? The sale of BB guns are apparently restricted in New York and New Jersey so ordering one online and having it shipped won't work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2009 - 11 answers

Handguns for Dummies

What are some good resources for a novice looking to purchase a handgun? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2008 - 31 answers

Can gunshots be triangulated with sound analysis?

Pinpointing gunshot locations by triangulating sound waves: Would this be technically feasible? Would it be legal? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 10, 2008 - 18 answers

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