With the recent events in Dallas, there's been renewed talks about gun control vs. second amendment freedom etc etc. So that got me wondering: in which US State could I, as a foreign passport holder on a tourist visa (and therefore not a resident), just walk into a store and buy a gun without any question asked? Or is it not that simple? I'm looking for specific states where the legislation makes gun purchase as easy as is being reported in the media.
Extended family that I visit (I'm in Canada) and stay with a few times a year have started the application for a "pistol permit" in New York state. I have a toddler who's never met a button that he didn't press or a latch he didn't fiddle with. I know it's unlikely a gun would be accessible during a visit but I've seen the statistics. My gut reaction is to not visit anyone who has a gun (maybe having one locked in a gun safe would be ok) but I don't know if that is excessive. They are buying the gun "for protection" so I am assuming it will be carried and I want to get a handle on my feelings before I discuss it with them. Have you been in this situation? How did you manage it?
Who should I give my money to? [more inside]
The spouse and I both remember a comedian, probably in the 90s, making a joke about someone (probably Steven Adler) getting kicked out of Guns n Roses - it was just something like, "What do you have to do to get kicked out of Guns n Roses, freebase a cat?" [more inside]
If I found two bullet casings in the dryer after drying my clothes in them, does this mean my clothing now has lead in it? [more inside]
This may sound simplistic, but how do gun stores and/or manufacturers avoid liability when there's a mass shooting? [more inside]
Ridiculous Canadian Law Question For Fictional RPG Scenario: The year is 1998, the province Quebec. A loyal tycoon is manufacturing high powered weaponry and travels around with a multi-man security detail armed to the teeth. How illegal is this and what would be the best way to disarm him through legal means? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a good YouTube Channel or website that has a good, methodical introduction to firearms? I know there are lots of review blogs/channels and forums, but those tend to require a great deal of digging around. Wikipedia is of course, useful, but a closeup walkthrough and demonstration would be ideal. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
How do you discreetly frisk someone for concealed firearms? [more inside]
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]
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.
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?
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]
New York City resident looking for a near-ish game preserve to go firearm hunting - suggestions?
Sex, guns, drugs, rocknroll, fashion blog site from a few years back? Link please? [more inside]
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]
Can one really walk into a gun store in some states and just buy a gun? [more inside]
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.
How can I tell if this very old rifle is safe to fire? [more inside]
Statistical risk of being in situation where a firearm would be helpful and useful (assuming a command of the weapon) in defense? [more inside]
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!
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]
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]
Does a permanent resident (green card holder) living in California have the legal right to own a gun? [more inside]
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]
What is the most fun thing to shoot a gun at? [more inside]
I want to buy 3-4 guns. Which ones should I get? And how to do it in northern California? [more inside]
What are some informative gun resources without the 2nd amendment politics? [more inside]
What are the practical consequences of McDonald v. Chicago? [more inside]
I'd like to go pistol shooting in Amsterdam. [more inside]
Saw two armed police in London - when did British police start carrying guns? [more inside]
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]
Taser or gun better for home defense in a house with kids? [more inside]
Where's the best place to legally buy rifles online? Specifically, I am looking to purchase a used .22 rifle.
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]
How can I tell if a gunshot-like-sound was produced by a gun or something else? [more inside]
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?
Looking for the best, most comprehensive book on the history and science of firearms, preferably with illustrations, preferably available in the UK. [more inside]
I am a green card holder resident in the US. Am I allowed to buy a gun?
How do we get rid of an unregistered handgun we inherited? [more inside]
How do you correctly hand a firearm over to another person? [more inside]
Could being treated for ADD cause someone to lose their concealed carry permit? [more inside]
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]