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OK - for those here in shall issue states mainly - let's hear what ''friendliness factor'' you would ascribe to your locale - not the state you reside in - your own local, even personal territory.

Extend this to gun attitudes in general if you like.

Round here in PA is pretty gun savvy but I still have a problem knowing how great is the density of carry in my county, other than my figures from Sheriff's office, which suggests quite a high uptake. So - what I mean here is, I rarely make anyone!! Good I guess. Something like 6% CCW in PA.

I can probably expect there to be a majority ''gun in every house'' status - if only because PA is around the top of hunting states.

Let's extend this too - give me your local ''blissninny'' factor - how you'd rate non gunny folks response to knowing you own guns. We have those here - some anyways, so I'd say the factor was in my semi rural area about 2/10 - but if I went to a large conurbation then maybe that would rise to a 7/10 - just guessing. You know how folks are these days!!
 

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I happen to live in the only left-leaning part of Idaho. The unions and special interest groups pour dollars by the hundreds of thousands here to keep their little stronghold. Thank god for no local pre-emption.

Our local police chief is a NJ transplant. His training officer looks down on civilians with guns. Getting a signoff for NFA stuff is impossible or next to it if you're not a family friend.

The sheriff, well, he's got enough health problems that he crashes cars enough that last I checked he wasn't able to drive a department marked vehicle. He frequently operates in flagrant violation of the law - had to be sued to issue permits in the early 90s, revokes permits without the required hearings, that sort of thing. NFA signoff, again, family friends or someone who got very very lucky.

The minute the old lady is done with college we're moving over the county line. Until then, thank god for corporate NFA purchases. :)

The people themselves here are great. Guns are guns. Nobody cares. Everybody has them, lots of folks carry, and it's a great town if we could throw the city and county LEO management in a pit and walk away.
 

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PA is great. Here on the border of NJ I interact w/ PA LEO at a gym/fitness center. All nice guys. One retired LEO w/ a FFL helping me w/ advice, purchase and training. Other LEO to go to the range with. Even w/ me, a pony tailed, bearded mc rider. I guess being a law abiding vet means more to them than my outward appearances.

My ex wife is from farm country south of York, PA and if I ever was around without a handgun for self defense or didn't hunt, they would look at me like I had three heads. Carrying AND hunting was assumed of me. It took them awhile to warm up to the fact that I prefer archery hunting to rifle hunting.

I've travelled through a major portion of PA and outside of the major metropolis areas (Philadelphia and Pittsburg) the environment has been great.

On the other hand, most of the transplants from NJ do not have the same attitude and are the usual blissninnies. I never made any of the NJ transplants my community and I have never been asked about it from them.

One of my previous neighbors, NJ transplants that my wife and I have become friends with, had twp house alarm incidents. Since we became personal friends w/ them, I shared some of my beliefs about being able to defend family. They discounted my advice. They had two incidents where their house alarm went off and they cowered in a bedroom until police came. They went out and bought a dog and want to get firearms training and purchase a gun. How quickly the tune changes when faced w/ danger.
 

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Hard to say here really but becuse of detroit it could swing either way ..

Firearms is something i dont talk to customers about as a rule unless there is Animals on the wall or guns hanging etc etc
 

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There is a mixture for gun totters here.

The majority of people I interact with are fine with people carrying although nobody wants to discuss the issue. There is a split with LEO, some are fine with it while others are not. I once had to pick up my son who was picked up after crewfew and when the officer asked for my ID I gave him both my drive lic and CHL...the officer ended up discussing guns and tactics for about 10 minutes and then allowed me to take my son home while my son's friends took a trip to the police station.

Concerning PA, I moved from there 10 years ago, three years ago I attempted to get a CHL from Montgomery county, my former county where I live. They would not allow it but I did live in Bucks county prior to that and they were more then happy to accept my application. One week later it was in the mail.

I happen to be chatting with my mother today and self-defense and she told me that anyone she speaks to on the topic of carrying say they do not want to know anything about it (80 and over crowd). My friends (my age) in PA are perfectly fine with CHL holders. Guess no matter were you go there are varying thoughts on CHL holders.
 

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alaska has a mindset that is just, unique. true antis are far and few between. surprisingly though, the majority of individuals i have come into contact with do not know the details of alaskas gun laws, and just how simple it is to carry.

i read one statistic that shows alaska has the highest rate of gun thefts in the nation. i'd say that 2 out of 3 homes have guns in them. if i had to guess, i'd say that 1 out of 10 adults carries.

almost no one freaks out about open carry, not at stop-n-robs, restaurants, or the hippy-liberal-cafes even. except the bank. for some reason they dont take too kindly to people open carrying there. hehehe.

most often you'll find that people you encounter who see you are armed will engage in a positive discussion. heck, even buying gunrags at the local grocery store will get the clerk to ask for advice.
 

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N. MI is great. Many hunters and most families grew up with generations of hunters. The Opener of Rifle deer season is marked by a day off for public schools. In a smaller town , like mine gun shots heard outside of city limits is common year round. The local Sheriff made the re-cert. for CCW easy too. No 1 on 1 interviews for re- cert. just asked the basic questions, answered questions and gave us our new permits.
 

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Texas. Guns in pickup windows. Need I say more?:35:
 

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There seems to be a line running down the East coast..... NY, NJ, MD!
 

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I really can't add to much to this discussion except, "Ain't it great to live in the Gunshine State?" :biggrin2:

I work in a hospital and you might think that many there might lean towards the "anti" side of the gun question. If so, you would be wrong.

In fact, it was one of the nursing supervisors that convinced me to take a serious look into the GLOCK line, as I had no interest in them, myself. All I knew about them was what I'd heard years ago, when they first came on the sceen. (And I did wind up buying a G23.)

I was a bit worried about how things would go when I went to the S.O. for the electronic fingerprint scan, but those concerns turned out to be completely unfounded. Everyone I encounted there was very open and friendly. Heck, I might well have been applying for a fishing license!

I've not actually discussed *my* carrying concealed with much of anyone however, as I feel that would kind of contradict the term, "concealed."

The one person at work who voiced the opinion that she would never touch a gun because that's what the Police were for, was also the one that said if I was right about the Governor of Mississippi having been the one that really "screwed the pooch" during Katrina and NOT GW, that the Prez should have "fired" the Gov.

I tried to explain that the President didn't have the power to do that sort of thing and then she wanted to know, "Why not?" :spankme:

I decided that I really didn't have the patience to continue the conversation and suggested a remedial class in Basic American Government.

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So what are ya Saying Bruce NY isnt gun friendly:comeandgetsome:
Well, so, so I guess. Most countys issue permits, but its realy just a permit to own a pistol cauce they are restricted to Hunting and target shooting and transporting a wepon there for. The real kicker is it costs $135 to get the permit $99 application fee, finger print fee, 3 hour safety course fee,Wait 11 weeks for the backround check,etc then they give ya a restricted permit?????????
 

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Great! It's fascinating to get the broader picture. Thx.
 

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I live in a heavily Mormon infested area. While I don't agree with their religious beliefs, they are generally good people and very strongly conservative. It's the California people that give us fits; we get them in droves. Their liberal leanings have worked their way into our local communities in Maricopa County and swung some of our politics left of center. Guns are everywhere, though. Ranges are often crowded, at this time of year the gunshops are almost as busy as WalMart, Gun Shows are packed and there are shot up cactus all over the desert. We like our guns in Arizona. :smile:
 

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Here in F.L. its a mixed bag. I notice a wide variety of people in gun shops. Unlike where I lived in N.Y where their was mainly blue collar white males. The general attitude is also a wide. I think its mostly cause of "transplants" like myself. Some are 24/7 carriers like myself. Others think people who carry are looking for trouble. Most are in between. For example: My G.F. is a transplant from Wisconsin. Who is a very naive person, that lives in Jacksonville. I sometimes am tempted to remind her not to take candy from strangers when she goes out the door:rolleyes: . Anyhow she isn't comfortable with me carrying, although she isn't offended by it ether.
With people like this I keep it well concealed and quiet. I try to explain the real reasons why people carry, and also try to dispel the anti-firearm rhetoric fed to her though a lifetime of M.T.V.
There are some people who I met that IMHO have no business with a steak knife in heir hand, much less a gun on there hip :afraid:

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Well, so, so I guess. Most countys issue permits, but its realy just a permit to own a pistol cauce they are restricted to Hunting and target shooting and transporting a wepon
Ya know, you can apply again for a CCW permit (kiss a lot of judge butt:wink: ). If your rejected you still have your transport permit. The worse thing someone from one of these counties can do is apply for a CCW right off. Cause if your rejected, ya cant reapply for a transport.
 

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My experience is much the same as yours Chris. So far my interaction with true blissninnies (wonderful word BTW) has been minimal. I live in the NW corner of PA, so hunting season is practically a religious holiday, and CCW permits are obtained with minimal hassle. Of course, since I work in the gun department of our local sporting goods store, most of the customers I deal with already 'get it', which is nice. One woman I had to deal with a week or two ago really grated on my nerves though. She was in late middle age and there with her husband to find a Christmas present for their young grandson. The husband seemed like a very nice old man, while she played the classic shrewish wife to perfection. It seems their grandson wanted an airsoft pellet gun for Christmas, one of the one's that looks like a miniature machine gun, and she 'mentioned' several times that getting one for the boy would turn him into a violent killer. Oh, and she also uttered this little gem, "I'm glad I'll be dead by the time he's 16." :rant: Just your average everyday blissninny rational thought process. Her husband had apparently learned that the best way to deal with her was to ignore her ranting because he didn't try to argue with her, he just picked one out, paid for it and left with the shrew in tow. I was glad to see her go. Thankfully incidents such as those have been few and far between.
 

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NH is generally gun-friendly. CCW permits are easy to get (mine took a week) Unfortunately, in the southern part of the state, the fruities from MA are moving up by the score and they pretty much have a fit when they see a gun. There was an article in the Sunday local paper a few weeks ago about panicky busybodies calling police in citizens carrying (all legally) while they shopped, etc. It's the same people that made NH a red state. I'm embarassed...
 

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Colorado became a "shall issue" state a couple of years ago (even with the usual "blood-in-the-streets" media screeching :biggrin2: ), but I don't think that the law enforcement folks in the county that I live in (Arapaho) like it at all. When I applied for my permit 1 year ago, they drug their feet every step of the way...one of the requirements for the permit is proof that you have attended an instruction course taught by a licensed instructor. I used a certificate of training from a 2-day course taught by Andy Stanford of Options For Personal Security, and the Sheriff's Office said that they had never heard of him and almost rejected my application. It took at least half-a-dozen phone calls (including a call to Andy in Florida) before they would recognize his credentials.

When my application was accepted and I went in for finger printing and photo, the officer and I chatted about the new CCW law in Colorado, and he was very much against it. Didn't like the idea of the common folk carrying guns and made no bones about it.

I'm not sure what other counties here in Colorado put you through to get licensed. Hopefully the more rural Sheriff's departments are a little more trusting of someone with a perfectly clean record and succesful pass of the FBI background check:ahhhhh:
 
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