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Why did you start carrying?

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    Reasons I carry:

    I have the right to.
    I have three children.
    I cannot depend on someone else to protect me or my family.
    I am the first line of defense.
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    Moved from the People's Republic of Illinois in 1991 to Georgia and found out you can get a CCW license. Immediately acquired one. Living in the Atlantal Area, like any big city, is not too safe. Felt I had the right and duty to protect me and mine. Got the license, bought a gun, practiced, practiced, practiced - practiced drawing from concealment, etc. However, dumb ole me - I was waking my dog when a pit bull came out of no where and charged my dog. I was able to pick him up before the pit reached him but sustained a major bite on my thigh. Now I realize that preditors are not all human. Had I had my gun, I could have dispatched the pit, saving me a visit to the emergency room. Will never leave home without it again.

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    Thanks, everyone! Good discussion. It's great to see so many folks doing this with eyes wide open.

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    Finally realized I could.
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    I have never seen so many shootings in my life till I moved to Albuquerque.

    The BG's don't give a rip. I got tierd of thinking about how defensless I was.

    I started carrying about 6 months ago. I feel a lot more at ease concerning wether or not I can defend myself. Yes I can.

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    I think it was just the simple fact of being aware that bad things can be perpetrated against good people (like me) no matter where you are, that made me want to carry.

    I had always liked guns, anyway. I did not grow up in a major shooting household. My dad had a .410 shotgun as a kid, but as an adult has never owned a firearm -- and he's NOT anti-gun. He fully supports my owning them, and he even obtained a FL CHL (as an out-of-state resident). He just doesn't see a need or desire to have them himself.

    The shooter in my family was my brother, who is nine years older than I am. He was always allowed to have BB guns when we lived in suburban Long Island, and he passed that on to me. My parents were very very perfectly fine with us having BB guns, even when we went shooting birds in the back yard and the woods. We grew up straight; my brother even served in the army. We've never been in trouble. Actually, our family is pretty odd in the sense that my brother started a gun thing pretty much spontaneously, and with parents who were apathetic about guns for themselves, but NOT against them for the kids! You wouldn'ta thought, right?

    So my brother came of age and got a NY pistol permit (in Suffolk County, this does not allow for CCW ) and my mom even got one along with him. (Dad had no interest.) Their first guns were Seecamp .25s.

    It was because my brother rubbed off on me a lot that I got a permit as soon as I was 21, too. And then when I moved to FL it was a natural transition to get a FL license, which of course does allow CCW.

    I don't care for not carrying. While I don't live in fear and paranoia, I do see a need to be vigilant, and equipped.

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    I went to law school to be a prosecutor. Once I graduated and started working my first gig I thought that eventually, once I moved on to felony work, that eventually it would be a good idea to get a weapon and a permit. I worked in a small office and a small community. The only major store in town was the Walmart. During this period I was assigned felonies and then gang and sex cases. During my last 10 months with the first gig, all I was working on were sex and gang cases.

    I was also recongized several times in public by both normal civilians and defendants. I also started to recongize defendants in public. That made me feel very uncomfortable because I was part of the process that cost them their freedom, money, etc.

    That is when I decided, knowning based on cases and having done ride alongs, how long the cops took to get anywhere, that it was time to have my own defensive plan. Family and friends of people sent away for long periods of time in prison generally are not fans of prosecutors. I got my first weapon (a Sig 239) and started shooting as well as applied for and received my first CCW. I needed to do something as I am not only responsible for my personal safety but for that of my family.

    Recently moved to another county and am still working as a prosecutor. Found out the other day that I am being assigned the first part of the month to the Prison unit. We prosecute crimes committed by inmates while in prison. Anyway, have to get one more piece of documentation and I can apply for my permit again. It has been uncomfortable not being able to carry. I plan on getting my permit and purchasing a Glock and a 1911 (to vary the shooting practice and also to have a more powerful round for at home). Anyway, that is why I started to carry a concealed weapon.

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    Are you allowed to carry to and from the courthouse (and/or in the courthouse)? If you can carry on the grounds of the court (obviously not IN court, I guess), do they have provisions for you to store your handgun so that you can retrieve it to go back to your car?

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    Besides the four years in the USMC, my whole adult life has been in LE. It just feels natural to be carrying. Back in the day, all I had was my duty weapon (L frame S&W .357). Try concealing that sometime. You all have a duty to protect you and yours to the best or your ability.

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    I wanted to start carrying because I didn't want to be a victim. At the time, I fortunately got into LE & so I can do so legally.

    What amazes me, is how many cops don't carry off-duty. In answer to Peacefuljeffrey, I know I can carry in court, & I believe the DA's can too. In the county that I work in, DA's along with Officers, don't have to go through the metal detecters. They just show their ID & walk around.

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    When I was 19 I got my first handgun a S&W 4006 and to be able to go to the range you have to have a ccw or target/hunting permit. I went to the SO filled out the paperwork for a target/hunting permit about a week later I got a letter asking for my reason for wanting a personal protection permit as it was called at the time. I called the SO and said I just wanted a target permit and he told me they didn't really do them so just send them the reason for wanting to carry this was back in the early 90's. A couple of weeks later I had my carry permit and have carried ever since except for a few years that I lived in Colorado.

    BTW I still have my first permit they were a big pink piece of paper that could not be laminated and you had to fold it in 4 just to fit it into your wallet.
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    Heh, yeah, I still have my first pistol permit, from Suffolk County, NY. It was a bit larger than a wallet-sized card, had a face photo stuck to it, and had each of my handguns' make, model, caliber and serial number typed onto it. (Each time, the typewriter was different so each line looks different.) It was actually two cards, bifolded. Would not fit into a wallet, so I bought this supplemental little case to hold it.

    Thankfully, Florida issues a normal plastic card.
    By the way, my pilot's license, issued in 2002, is also a piece of paper, and also slightly larger than will fit in most wallets. They now make available a plastic card, finally. What took the FAA so long to do that, I don't know. I haven't ordered a replacement one yet, though, but I plan to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cockedlocked01 View Post
    I know I can carry in court, & I believe the DA's can too. In the county that I work in, DA's along with Officers, don't have to go through the metal detecters. They just show their ID & walk around.

    And that is how it should be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Echo_Four View Post
    And that is how it should be.
    A couple of years ago, a "trusted" New York City councilman walked around the metal detectors in city hall, as he was allowed to do (as they all were allowed to do) and he was carrying a gun. (I don't remember if he was carrying legally or not.) He ended up going on a shooting rampage, and was finally killed by a police officer who kept his cool.

    I don't know about a policy of having metal detectors but then having privileged classes who can just stride on past them. Hey, CCWers have been vetted and background-checked; why can't we just go on into these places without going through metal detectors?

    edit: I had misremembered the case. It was a city councilman who was killed by his own political opponent, whom he had escorted past the metal detector into the council chamber. Ironically, according to what I have read, the councilman who was murdered was a crusader against violence in black neighborhoods in Brooklyn, and was also said to be preparing to introduce workplace-violence legislation.
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    Why?

    Anyone on this forum who been an LEO or prosecutor even for one day in his/her life, knows what's walking around our streets 24X7. The general public has no clue and if they did, they'd run down to the nearest gun shop and buy their own meal protection unit.

    I cant imagine not having a pistol and a permit knowing what we know. Even here in liberal Seattle, some guy minding his own business last Saturday morning get's thumped on by a nut case and is down for the count on the sidewalk. Bystanders do nothing and he's getting the crap beaten out of him It just so happens, the nutcase picked on the wrong guy that day (he had picked on other in the previous 30 minutes but the police couldn't locate him). Our man drew his Ruger .357 fired once, while on the ground getting smacked, striking the guy in the abdomen. The nutcase is now expired.

    This is just one example beside home invasions, car jackings, robberies and muggings that can happen to you. Having said that, you could go your entire life with never having any problem..

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