How will the threat of more gun controls affect your decision making?

How will the threat of more gun controls affect your decision making?

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    How will the threat of more gun controls affect your decision making?

    I've been thinking about this for a while, but the shootings yesterday brought it to a head. I will keep fighting against gun control laws through the VCDL and other organizations no matter what. I will never give up in that sense. But working with the VCDL, I'm keenly aware of what is being proposed and how much political capital it may have behind it. I figure it only makes sense to be prepared for coming restrictions. That's just thinking ahead. So my buying and other behaviors might, or might not, have to be modified. I'm wondering what your strategy is.

    So, on one hand, there is the idea that "You better get your ARs and hi-caps while you can." But if they are outlawed, owners are going to have to keep them low profile. Using them for EDC, range time and even home defense is risky. Getting them repaired or trying to sell them will be risky. I doubt the gov't can pull off confiscation, but they can drive those guns underground. And if you follow that strategy, what will you do with those guns if they are outlawed?

    On the other hand, there is the idea that recent laws in the commie states will be some kind of model for what might be coming. Even those restrictions allow for a lot of guns that are still pretty effective. There is a thought that buying a gun that I won't have to hide is a better buy that one I would have to hide. Personally, I don't own anything at the moment that would run afoul of even the most restrictive state laws, but that is just a coincidence. I have thought about stepping up to more firepower, but now maybe not.

    And of course, we know that no matter what restrictions they enact now, there will be more coming at some point. So it's hard to guess, but I feel I have to make some educated guesses.

    Here are my thoughts on possible reactions to what I see as the most likely and threatening restrictions proposed.
    • Red flag: I might be more careful about what I do or say online, who I tell about owning guns and not running afoul of relatives who might be a danger in that area.
    • UBCs: I might going to go more for fixing up the guns I have had since before NICS than trading them on new ones. Guns that are "off the books" might have an advantage in a red flag situation.
    • AR ban: I might go for something like a full-stock Mini-14 without a threaded barrel. I would have some larger mags, but I would also stock some 10 rounders.
    • Hi-cap ban: Leaning toward revolvers and single stacks.
    • Full semi-auto ban: Again, revolvers, as well as lever and bolt guns.

    So I'm wondering what people think.
    First, what do you think will actually happen as far as restrictions and how soon? What is your read of the tea leaves? Second, what is your strategy?
    • Not worried about it, not changing a thing.
    • Buy 'em now while you can.
    • Buy and hold guns that will likely remain legal, at least for a while.
    • A combination.

    Also, are people already thinking of "hideout" strategies?
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    I purchased my last AK the night before Hillary won the election.

    No, the threat of more gun control will not influence my buying.
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    I had a 9mm with several thousand rounds and half a dozen mags go missing and cannot seem to find them. I think though I have all the guns I really need despite losing a few...somewhere. Most of the guns I lost were bought before the 4473 so I guess they were mine to lose.
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    6/18 we moved out of CA. We have been living the gun control restrictions the OP listed.
    The thing I have going for me is age. I won't have to deal with this BS much longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patkelly4370 View Post
    6/18 we moved out of CA. We have been living the gun control restrictions the OP listed.
    The thing I have going for me is age. I won't have to deal with this BS much longer.
    Same here. I just want to enjoy a semblance of freedom and sanity for the time I have left. I would have liked to leave a better legacy for my kids and grandkids, but they don't seem to care.
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    I've got what I need, if full blown worst case gun control measures are enacted.

    If they made restrictions for anything over 5 rounds, wouldn't affect me. I'd just carry 2-3 5 shooters about my person.
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    I need to hurry up and buy that 7.5 300 blackout AR pistol I've been eyeing up.

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    I got all the guns & ammo I need for a long time, So no it wont affect me at all ; )
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    A revolver for EDC has been in the back of my mind for awhile.
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    i have two guns. My RM380 is 6+1. My PPS M2 is 6, 7, or 8 + 1. I have no need or desire for additional or different guns. So I am likely to not be affected by some of the proposed restrictions. If I were to be affected I would have to make a decision about my beliefs v. principles, vs laws. I hve no idea of the outcome from such an exercise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by forester58 View Post
    I had a 9mm with several thousand rounds and half a dozen mags go missing and cannot seem to find them. I think though I have all the guns I really need despite losing a few...somewhere. Most of the guns I lost were bought before the 4473 so I guess they were mine to lose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzQkr View Post
    I've got what I need, if full blown worst case gun control measures are enacted.

    ]If they made restrictions for anything over 5 rounds, wouldn't affect me. I'd just carry 2-3 5 shooters about my person.
    The thought of the rest of them being felonies to possess is what would trouble me.
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    There was another mass shooting that just happened in Dayton, Ohio. So, I'm considering an additional purchase because there'll be a major public outcry for something to be done. And it won't be an effort to do preventive measures that are realistic. But, short of a police state, how are they going to stop the violence?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NECCdude View Post
    There was another mass shooting that just happened in Dayton, Ohio. So, I'm considering an additional purchase because there'll be a major public outcry for something to be done. And it won't be an effort to do preventive measures that are realistic. But, short of a police state, how are they going to stop the violence?
    By our leaders encouraging and facilitating trained, armed private citizens in large numbers. Stop treating the Second Amendment as a privilege instead of a responsibility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NECCdude View Post
    There was another mass shooting that just happened in Dayton, Ohio. So, I'm considering an additional purchase because there'll be a major public outcry for something to be done. And it won't be an effort to do preventive measures that are realistic. But, short of a police state, how are they going to stop the violence?
    You have the answer, review your last sentence please. No socialist utopia has ever, not once, resisted the urge to go with mass confiscation, elimination of private property rights, and criminalizing civilian self-defense.
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