After the Chinese Virus Scare, How Do I Own a Gun?

Long lines outside a gun store in Culver City, CA. Photo from Syvnews.com
Long lines outside a gun store in Culver City, CA. Photo from Syvnews.com

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- The Chinese Wuhan virus inspired lots of new people to buy guns. That is both unusual and common. Many people didn’t expect to be gun owners until they suddenly found out they needed a firearm. The good news is that we’ve lived with firearms for hundreds of years. We’ve learned how to live with them safely and use them reliably. That body of best-practice is called the gun culture. The first thing a new gun owner needs to learn is that you can learn from others. Yes, a firearm can be dangerous if you mishandle it. Welcome to the gun culture, and the more you learn the safer you’ll be.

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How do I talk about gun ownership with my family and colleagues?

Our discussion needs to start with people. You might plan to use a gun to protect your family, protect your business, or protect yourself as you travel in public. In each case, I hope you included your family and co-workers in your safety plans. Yes, you want to keep your kids safe, but no, you don’t want your children showing their playmates where you put your new gun. You want your colleagues at work to be able to help you in an emergency. That takes instruction, planning, and practice.

At home, you must child-proof your guns and gun-proof your children. That is important because yours isn’t the only home with new firearms. Your children have to know what to do when they see a gun. Please go a step further, so your children are a role model who can guide other children in what to do when they see an unsecured firearm. Your education program may be the Eddie Eagle program for youngsters or enrolling your teenagers in a firearms safety class. That safety class is also a great place for adults to enter the gun culture.

Now that I brought the gun home, how do I store it?

Welcome to one of the great compromises in the firearms culture. The perfect solution means that your firearm is both secure from unauthorized users while ready for immediate use. We’re still looking for that perfect solution. Keeping your unloaded firearm in the factory cardboard box under your bed isn’t a great idea. An unloaded firearm kept separate from your ammunition isn’t very useful. A loaded firearm in your bedroom closet isn’t secure. Many of us put our loaded handguns into small locked boxes like this one. The rest of the time, we keep the loaded firearm on our body in a holster. It is an imperfect solution.

How do I use a gun to protect my family?

That is the key question for many of us. Who do you want to protect? Where do you want to protect them, and how does your firearm fit with your other layers of protection? The answer depends on your particular situation. The best solution is the one that avoids armed conflict. That is why you need a plan. Many firearms instructors will come to your home or office and help build your personal protection plans. Talk to the instructor about applying for your concealed carry permit. You must learn the gun laws in your state before you travel with your firearm.

For a start, you’ll want to lock your doors and windows. You won’t open your door to strangers at night. You also need some range time with an instructor to learn how to manipulate your firearm. Ask the local gun store, the local shooting range, and search the web to find an instructor near you. You also need to find a place to practice with your firearm. The other adults and teenagers in your family need to practice too.

When should I use a gun to defend my family?

That topic is formally called the legal use of lethal force. The particular answers vary from state to state. The broad answer is that you use a firearm when you’ve run out of better options and have to use it. You may use lethal force to defend an innocent person when they face an immediate, lethal, and unavoidable threat. Your response also has to be proportional to the threat. That is why you can shoot an armed intruder who kicks down your door at night, but you can’t shoot your neighbor’s three-year-old who grabs a steak knife off the kitchen table and waves it around.

Retreat if you can so so safely. Don’t use deadly force to protect property. Most criminals run away to find easier victims when they see you’re armed. Don’t trade shots with criminals. Shoot until the threat stops, and then call the police.

Because of the way our brain works in an emergency, you can only use the plans you’ve rehearsed ahead of time.

What else do I need to know?

A few bullet points don’t make you a competent and informed gun owner. I’ve given you the crudest map so you can orient yourself in a new world of armed defense. The key point is that other people have learned to live with a gun and you can learn from them. Most gun owners want you to be a responsible and informed firearms owner. The more you learn the safer you’ll be, and there is so much to learn.



About Rob MorseSlow Facts

The original article is here. Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob was an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

 

 

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Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

The governor of commie californiacation just quarantined THE ENTIRE STATE. According to FOX news. What happens when someone runs out of chow? There is potential for MAJOR trouble. No doubt there is going to be a LOT of people who are going to wish their state would have stood with constitutional law so they could have been armed.

Arm up, carry on.

MICHAEL J
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MICHAEL J

Not so easy to buy a firearm is it? Maybe those gun loopholes that liberal morons are always screaming about might help.

Finnky
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Finnky

@Rob Morse – Article barely touched on need to call the police. Especially for gun newbies I think it is critical to emphasis calling the police if you’ve ever puled a gun in self defense – heck if you were on the edge of pulling it out. If someone threatens you enough that you show them your gun and they run away – your troubles are not over. If they call the police to report you for threatening them with a gun, you may be in a heap of legal troubles. Police tend to believe whoever called first – so… Read more »

Get Out
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Get Out

I don’t believe calling LE is going to be a problem since most people are conditioned to dial 911 anyway. If they do have a situation they’ll call 911 to report the confrontation. Look at the news, we have some LE agencies saying they won’t be responding to anything other than heinous crimes which equates to you’re on your own. IMOA, that’s part of the reason there’s a run on firearms and ammo again.

Jim
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Jim

“Rules of the game”– Get the gun out first then dial 911–and watch what you say!

Superman
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Superman

‘Police tend to believe whoever called first’? TOTAL AND COMPLETE BULLS*IT!

Ryben Flynn
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Ryben Flynn

HA ha! Now all those Libs and Dems that wanted (voted) to restrict gun rights are finding out just how hard it is to get one when they want or need one.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@RF, Yeah, it was ok when they were restricting (unconstitutionally) other peoples’ Rights.

StWayne
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StWayne

“Say hello to my little friend!”

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

Does anyone know The stock symbols for Smith and Wesson and their parent company? Colt? Remmy?

JIAZ
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JIAZ

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation NASDAQ: SWHC
Colt NYSE: Colt Defense Inc.
Ruger NYSE: RGR
I don’t think Remington is currently a publicly traded company.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

JIAZ, Cool! and thank you.

Link
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Link

Remington is part of freedom group and/or Cerberus.
Try a Google search

jukk0u
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jukk0u

Heard during a gun transaction: “I can’t get this now?” asked the woman buyer. “No, Ma’am, you have to wait about 10 days until LE does their background check on you.” … “Uh…Okay… hmmm… I… I guess that’s probably one of the things I voted for…” Looking dejected and worried. “Doesn’t seem like such a good idea now…”

StWayne
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StWayne

He-he. They should just count their lucky stars that the infected aren’t turning into brain hungry zombies!

gcm
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gcm

Give it time.

Finnky
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Finnky

@StWayne – It won’t be the infected we have to worry about. It will be the hungry masses yearning to eat free.

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax

Finnky, I am SO stealing that line!

Green Mtn. Boy
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Green Mtn. Boy

Leftards never learn or think for themselves, as tards they are conditioned by the party of you will be assumilated,now just vote for who and what we tell you to.

Tionico
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Tionico

tens of thousands of the people who voted for those stupid laws NEED to have them thrown in their faces Maybe this virus charade just might lead to an awakening at a level and of a sort that nothing else would accomplish.

JIAZ
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JIAZ

Guns and Ammo selling at an unprecedented rate?
GOD BLESS AMERICA

POTUS Appoints SCOTUS, TRUMP 2020

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Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Author Rob Morse, Isn’t that Rettings Gun Shop in Culver city? I have been there many times, and bought several things their. Good people.

nrringlee
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nrringlee

One would hope that this would be a learning point for those who live in blue utopias like California. You need to defend your liberty all the time and not just when the wolf is at the door. Many years ago I retired from the military in CA and took a civilian job for a few years there. I went through the painful and long process of getting a CCW in one of the few counties that would issue one even to a retired Marine working for the federal government. I also had a slim choice on new guns to… Read more »

RoyD
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RoyD

It is that way in other places besides California too.

gcm
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gcm

On the ccl, where the serial number goes, can’t they just put multiple? lol

Finnky
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Finnky

@Will – Enough to make you love Texas ain’t it? Oh yeah – we already do 🙂

Of course constitutional carry has us beat by a long stretch, so there is yet more to be done.

Superman
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Superman

‘If I owned Texas and Hell I would rent out Texas and live in Hell’ – General William Tecumseh Sherman. ‘Nuff said.

Tionico
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Tionico

not right, but it is so. IF you are caught out there carrying a handgun that is NOT listed on that Mother May I Card, its just as if you never got the Card in the first place, most counties. This was a good move in Commirformula, as if something should happen to the first listed gun, it would be a long time disarmed before the second one, already owned and in hand, to get listed and thus “legal”. Part of why I ended my serious consideration to move back to that SHole state a few years ago. Its only… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

Why after the Wuhan scare do they need a gun? I’m serious, I dont get it. How many will just end up selling it later? How many will train and learn to use it? How many will stick it in the top of the closet with 6 bullets or one mag worth? I’m guessing 99% of them.
Poor sheeple

OlTrailDog
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OlTrailDog

This morning there was an article in Ammoland about a disabled lady who successfully defended herself and home from a home invasion by three armed teens. I doubt if she spent much time training. Perhaps not the most optimum solution, but it worked for her. Thankfully so.

RoyD
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RoyD

This is America and you are free to be silly or stupid or careless if you wish. As long as they don’t endanger others with their actions let them live their lives as they wish.

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax

Bill, What don’t you get? They’re scared, it makes them feel safe. I have no problem with someone feeling safe and leaving a weapon to never be touched again. I had this conversation with my wife last night. The people buying guns right now are those who either never bought one before, or are seeing this as an excuse to pick up the one they’ve been looking at but couldn’t justify. Most people who have never owned a gun of any sort before will buy it, never shoot it, and then either pawn it or sell it to someone they… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@DIF, And if those people have even one logic cell in their brain, they will realize that the gun is not the thing that mades them scared, it is the thing that makes them safe.
Let me translate that into libtardese: The firearm does not make one feel scared, it makes one feel save.

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax

WB, I think we’re saying the same thing, I just didn’t say it well.
They’re scared by SARS/CoV-2 known as Covid-19. Getting a gun makes them feel safer. I hope that’s clearer. Sometimes I wonder if English is my First Language (it is).

Tionico
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Tionico

these folks are not scared of the stupid virus, they are sufficiently awake to be aware that, with all the panic and dire predictions floating about “out there”, we may be looking at strongmen roaming about simply taking what they were too lazy to work for themselves. What, no more TeePee? Well, I’ll just go find some and take it. No food? Why if it works for TeePee it works for food, too.

Finnky
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Finnky

@DiF – Been through divorce. It was tough but well worth it – in the end a good thing for both of us. If a marriage is shaky enough to end over a gun then it’s OK for it to end.

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax

Finnky, Me too. I’m stubborn, I tried to keep it together for 10 years after it was obvious that it wasn’t working, but I’m stubborn.

StWayne
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StWayne

Dave — It’s takes a life-altering event, for life-altering change to happen. I remember not getting serious about my CCW until, when in 2012, that “zombie” on a Florida overpass was eating that homeless guys face. It’s on video, somewhere on YouTube. As he was partaking of it, a cop showed up and shot him once in the back, I think with a .40 cal. The “zombie” then turned around, and growled at the cop. Then he went back to finishing his meal. Only when he was shot a second time, did he stop what he was doing because he… Read more »

nrringlee
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nrringlee

These are the same people who sit at home throwing epithets at the TV when Fox news is on yet cannot get off their cans to vote to defend their own liberty.

JPM
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JPM

These nitwits need a gun to be able to defend their stash of toilet paper.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Bill, Why do you question their need for a gun? Do you like it when someone questions your need for a gun?

Finnky
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Finnky

@Bill – Rights are not about needs. Well – actually they kind of are. I may not need a gun, but I need the ability to be able to get one if I want. If I need it, I need to have had it and trained with it – along with a plentiful supply of ammo and all desired accessories. Personally I’m just hopeful they bought large numbers of nice high priced guns in models I’d like to have – and that they sell them cheap in six months to a year. Planning to keep my eyes open. Can only… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Firearms and the BIBLE, two things that EVERY American should know how to use, neither of which are taught in schools. Along with that new firearm, I hope people have enough sense to dust of that BIBLE.

Arm up, carry on.