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So I live in concealed carry, handgun hell :aargh4: (aka CHICAGO). 3 months ago i began my search for my first handgun. My main reasons for wanting one were for home/family/personal protection and its a hobby i felt like i could get into. It started off as an exciting endeavor only limited by my monetary funds and tendencies towards practicality.

I spent many hours online researching what would "make sense" for my purposes and skill level (which would be level 0). And most of the really great advice about the matter i've found has come from this forum (so thank you DC family). However after delving into the legal shenanigans they've been calling GUN CONTROL :mad:, i've been totally dejected over the whole situation.

I CANT carry a concealed handgun in the city of Chicago; I CAN have a handgun in my home, but the city will NOT register it making it ILLEGAL; most retailers wont even sell me one because i live in a "restricted zone" aka CHICAGO; and the retailers that will sell me a handgun WONT let me take it home (that shop is 2.5 miles from my house) :rant:.

So here is my question. Would you uproot your family to the next town over just to have a handgun in your house? Would you move to the next state over to conceal carry? I ask this realizing that most of you live in states with CCW permits of some kind. And please realize that I'm not trying to put a price on the safety of my family. just want some honest answers and opinions.

Until IL law changes :rofl:, ill be keeping a Mossberg 590A1 for the Bad Guys who think the safety of my family has been thwarted by GUN CONTROL :nono: come get some...
 

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Move to michigan or missouri,you will enjoy your freedom
 

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Move to Texas things are different here!!!!
 

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That's how I ended up where I am.
I had a great paying job in CA, but disliked the schools and gun laws. So, we spent sometime in WA and now in Eastern Idaho.
 

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If you have a stable job, good income and you can move to suburbia, to a better/larger domicile with a yard...........

ya, I'd move in heart beat. :wink:
 

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Ouch!

I don't envy you.

One of the first things I say to people from ill-inois, commifornia, nazi york, and nazi jersey, MOVE to a more-free state!
I do wish everyone could but I realize relocating out of state is major and then complicate that with a family-whoa.

I say that if you can find a way to get it done do it.

Sounds like you've got the home defense weapon figured out, and you really can't do much better than a shotgun. But you can't always stay at home and thanks to your guberment you're in what the fictional well educated criminal would call a "target rich enviroment".

Like I said, move if possible. A CCW friendly state would be best. Kansas is pretty new to CCW and Dodge City has a new Casino and looking for people to staff it.

Good luck and stay as safe as you can.

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I would definitely consider it. I would begin to consider what options and opportunities there are. I wouldn't rush to do it.

I would also see if I could own a short carbine like a lever action in .357 or a shotgun for home defense, however, I personally feel long guns can be difficult to wield in a home defensive situation.

I really like a super short, super light carbine for something like that, say a Berretta CX4 in 9mm or a very short lever action rifle chambered in .357. Then I would load the lever with .38 once you'd gotten used to it and proved it reliable.

That'll buy you time to consider what you're going to do.

My brother-in-law is a police officer in Chicago. He's not too keen about civilians being able to carry and the liberals own that city. And I mean own it!

I for one would have already made up my mind to move but I would take the time to do it very very carefully.

God Bless
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Seriously, you would have to weigh how tied down you are to your job and neighborhood and current home. If having firearms gives you piece of mind and security, and you can afford to move to a different area, then it should be considered. If, on the other hand, you would have to uproot a family and it would be a hardship, you might want to look into other means of [legal] protection.
 

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I feel your pain :aargh4:, at least we don't have restricted areas like Chicago. Until you figure this out the Mossberg should work. Moving doesn't seem to be an option in this situation. Good luck in your choices.
 

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So here is my question. Would you uproot your family to the next town over just to have a handgun in your house? Would you move to the next state over to conceal carry? I ask this realizing that most of you live in states with CCW permits of some kind. And please realize that I'm not trying to put a price on the safety of my family. just want some honest answers and opinions.
I would move in a heartbeat.

Consider that in most states you can walk in and buy a handgun of your choosing. No permission from a city official, no registration requirements and no ridiculous Firearm Owner ID required to buy ammo. No waiting periods.

None of the above, will help you if you wake up at 2AM and happen to find someone in your house.

Personal protection is your responsibility, no one else's. Fact of the matter is, no one else cares.The Politicians that make these absurd laws don't care, even if you call 911, in the several minutes it takes the Police to get there, you and your whole family could be killed.

I realize that you may prevent that with that shotgun. In the event that you do have to shoot some thug, how much is your city going to spend to prosecute you?

Lets say that you actually caught someone and held them for the cops to arrest. What are you going to do the rest of the time when you aren't at home? What if that person gets out of jail in a short time and he remembers where you live? He may be smart enough to know that you can not legally defend yourself outside the home. What then?

I would not live in a state that does not extend the right of self protection to me or my family. Why is that 48 states have some form of allowing it and yours does not?

I think you already know the answer. You know it and you wont be satisfied until you do something about it because deep down in your gut you know that you and you alone are responsible for you and you loved ones. That fact that you have been searching on-line proves it.

It would seem like there is only one way to change the situation and that is to leave it. It just doesnt make sense to be able to protect yourself with a 12 guage at home, and give it up that right everywhere else.

Good luck on whatever you decide.
 

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YES I would move as soon as possible ;-)
H/D
 

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As others have said.... move ASAP!
 

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Ohio was even getting too liberal for me so I decided to move. Three weeks later I was living in Wyoming. My wife was here two months later. Best decision we ever made. We swear we will never live East of the Mississippi ever again. So you know my vote. Get to finding a job in a free state and get to packing:comeandgetsome:(unintentional pun).
 

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I wouldn't move JUST to get a handgun, BUT it indicates an overarching intrusion into your life, IMO. The taxes, the social programs, the nanny state-ism...I'm guessing that the handgun issue has just moved you closer to the tipping point.

Congratulations. You're a step closer to reclaiming liberty.
 

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I feel the Pain

I don't sell hand guns in Cook County.

I can and do sell in Du page, Lake, and several other counties around Chicago. Moving is your decision. It is as much a matter of economics as personal self defense.

I am a native of the Chicago myself. Chicago is a great city and one I often still visit. Having lived downtown off of North State Parkway and Scott, I am aware of what can and does happen. I was in a very nice area but it was only 3-4 blocks from one of the most notorious projects in the city.

Back then, I wore a glove and kept a roll of nickles in my pocket. It was almost as good as a blackjack. I was on the EL coming home from way north late at night and got into it with a punk with a knife.
I put the nickles in my fist and hit first with one of my best upper cuts. I'm not big but it lifted him off his feet. He slumped. I stomped his head a couple times, kicked the knive under the seats then got off at the next stop and ran like hell.
 

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well the dissission is on you, looks like you should move, I did and am very glad I did. can't stand politicians telling me what I can and can not do. just make sure there is work where ever you land and that you can carry where ever.
 

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If you can move one town over into an equal/better dwelling without affecting your financial situation, then yes, uproot. I'd also start looking for a job out of state. If your state won't respect your constitutionally protected right, then it ain't the right state for you.

Another thought - how much family? If the kids are very young or very old they will either not care, or understand. If they're in the middle, it might be a problem. Yet another thought is what about schools?

Final thought: It never hurts to look! Start looking at home listings and checking about jobs in a better state (or transferring within your company if that is possible).
 

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I would move only if I could get (or keep) a good job to take care of my family, and the preverences of my family. If not I would remain in Chicago, and keep on the lookout.

I suspect that if you are careful you will never need a firearm for SD, but if you do your shotgun is better than any handgun if you can get to it.

In the end only you and your wife can evaluate the pros and cons and make the decision. There are considerations of family, friends, church, schools, overall living conditions, and family preferences. The odds are that you will never need a handgun for SD.

Personally I would not move just to be able to buy, keep, or carry a handgun.

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Jerry
 
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