In July 2006 my family and I will be moving out of the country and I will no longer be able to carry concealed; what's worse is I will not be able to take my guns with me.
I am moving to Israel - this has been a lifelong dream, so the pros far outweigh the cons, but I am still grieving over having to give up concealed carry and my guns. I just sold my Glock 30 - my regular carry gun, and tomorrow I ship my Kahr PM9 that I just bought to a very lucky buyer in New Hampshire. I feel like I've had to put down my favorite dogs!
I had thought Israel would have a much more gun-friendly attitude, but it seems since the assasination of Prime Minister Rabin over 10 years ago, the government has tightened the screws on gun ownership. You have to reside in Israel 3 years before you can even apply for a gun license. The gun license is only good for one gun. You can only get a license if you live in the territories, drive a bus or taxi, or operate a jewelry business.
You can't import a gun into Israel unless you have permission form the Interior Ministry and the national police department. I am trying to find out if there is any way to get special permission to override these rules, but it's not looking good.
Bottom line, be very grateful for the US and the ability to own guns. I've lived in horrible states like California and New York and great states like Colorado and Texas. Texas has been the best as I was able to get my CCW permit and have carried for almost a year. In another thread, someone mentioned that going without carrying is like going around naked. I can certainly agree with that.
I will definitely keep posting to CombatCarry and I really appreciate the great information, knowledgeable folks, and strong sense of cameraderie on the forum. Just please excuse me if I drool once in a while over a picture of a gun or cry when I remember my Glock and my Kahr. Hopefully, in 3 years or less, I'll have good news for everyone on the forum that I am carrying again.