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Where can I learn to shoot without giving a single penny to the NRA?

In case this really is the darkest timeline in the US, I would like to know how to shoot and operate a gun. However, I hate guns and I don't want to pay any money that will support the NRA or its fans. Is there such a thing as an anti-NRA gun training facility? I don't want to own a gun and, unless necessary, I never actually want to be around guns. I just want to know how to use one in case. Any advice? Southern California location would be easiest.
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2016 - 16 answers

How to deal with gun-loving dad as a liberal daughter who hates guns?

My staunch Republican father is even more right-wing and also suddenly into gun ownership in the midst of Trump madness leading up to the elections. I'm in my 30s, liberal, and always have been. I hate guns and violence. He knows this. I text and call him only rarely, but when I do he now manages to pop a note about the gun he bought, how much fun he had with friends shooting at a range over the weekend, etc... into every conversation. I almost think he does it because he thinks it's "funny" to get under my skin. Guns are more than just politics, though. They scare me. When he first told me he got a gun, I emailed him about my fears and linked him to an article about gun accident statistics. Of course, he had a rebuttal for it all and says he's very safe with it, all of that. So far my tactic has been to stay silent if it's in a text (I just don't reply) or I'll say "OK" and move the conversation along to something else if it's over the phone. But the whole thing is tiresome. How do I get this all to stop? How do I respond to him when he tells me about his shooting range plans? [more inside]
posted by figgy on Oct 2, 2016 - 27 answers

Where do people keep their guns?

I want to know where gun owners tend to keep their guns. As I reason, there are only a few places that can be; (1) at home, (2) in their car or (3) on their person. Are there any statistics or studies that show where people keep their primary firearm - one they may say is mostly for protection as opposed to hunting or target practice (even though that firearm may be used interchangeably by some owners)?
posted by CollectiveMind on Jul 31, 2016 - 13 answers

Can I have a gun?

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.
posted by Kwadeng on Jul 13, 2016 - 9 answers

Visiting relatives who have guns when you have a toddler

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?
posted by betsybetsy on Jul 11, 2016 - 30 answers

I want all guns to disappear in America

Who should I give my money to? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Jun 21, 2016 - 8 answers

Who made the joke about freebasing a cat?

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]
posted by OrangeVelour on Jan 1, 2016 - 4 answers

Doing the laundry with two bullet casings..do I need new clothes?

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]
posted by driedmango on Oct 23, 2015 - 10 answers

Why aren't gun stores held liable?

This may sound simplistic, but how do gun stores and/or manufacturers avoid liability when there's a mass shooting? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jul 27, 2015 - 8 answers

No guns for Ventrue!

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]
posted by Phalene on Apr 27, 2015 - 12 answers

Beginner firearm info online?

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]
posted by holterbarbour on Mar 6, 2015 - 4 answers

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

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