Neighbors... pro or anti?


March 1, 2003, 11:03 PM
Seems like best place to post this ............

So - what are YOUR neighbors like then?? Are they pro gun or anti?

I am fortunate ... my immediate neighbors are reasonably pro ... know I carry etc and have no problem with that. In fact locally, gun awareness is quite good overall. I'll plink .22 from yard but in fairness ... save the bigger stuff for range visits.

I do tho know of a buddy thru the boards .... over in OR ... oh and another down KCMO way .. they both load their guns into vehicles with extreme subtlety when goin to the range .... cos neighbors might ''get upset''.:p So they play things for ''diplomacy''

Guess it does depend a great deal on where you live.... plus of course whether you have neighbors that close anyways!

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March 1, 2003, 11:14 PM
The neighbours on my left shoot skeet in the horse pasture across the street.

The neighbours on my right (my landlords) let me use the pistol range in their backyard.

Life is good. :cool:

March 1, 2003, 11:17 PM
My gun shop is at my home. Some of my neighbors have bought from me. No one has complained, I think they feel safe knowing there are armed neighbors around. The neighborhood I live in also has quite a few small businesses built in their back yards so it wasn't a big shock when the parking lot was put in out back and they found out there was a gunshop going in.

Standing Wolf
March 1, 2003, 11:18 PM
The folks across the street pack.

March 1, 2003, 11:18 PM
I don't know my neighbors. :(

Maybe it's time to bake some pies and cookies and get to know know my neighbors!

Somehow, based on the bumper stickers I've seen on cars on my block, I doubt many of them are pro-gun. :mad:

March 1, 2003, 11:24 PM
across the street, pro, across the alley, pro, one of the houses on this block is a little old widow lady whose husband was undoubtedly pro, but all she's really interested in is watching our dogs play inside the chain link fence, since she's not up to keeping a dog herself anymore.:)

editted for grammar correction...

Gary H
March 1, 2003, 11:28 PM
I don't discuss guns with my neighbors. I don't care what they think and the less they know about me the better.

March 1, 2003, 11:28 PM
My neighbors are not anti. One across the street teaches archery, his wife watched me reload for a while and called it "fascinating". Another across the street is from Sydney, knows what gun control really means. All the others have shown friendly interest in my hobby.

But I fear we're the only house in the court that's properly armed (bows and arrows don't count). That's OK, we can equip the 'hood. ;)

March 1, 2003, 11:30 PM
left neighbor pro gun YES:D

right neighbor pro gun YES:D

I think about 95% of the people in my town are pro gun.:neener:

March 1, 2003, 11:41 PM
Pretty much pro as far as I know!

March 1, 2003, 11:47 PM
Most of my neighbors are college students and I doubt they really care either way...My landlord on the other hand is a major Liberal tree hugger so I have no doubt he is anti. He hasn't been in my place since I moved in though and I doubt he knows I own guns. I may load up the trunk one day when he is around just to see how he reacts :evil: I'm outta there in june anyways so I don't really care what he thinks.

March 2, 2003, 12:32 AM
All of the neighbors I know I'm pretty sure are anti:(

What can I expect; I live in Southeast Michigan (Liberal Area).

Oh well, I'm moving soon, hopefully my new neighbors will be pro.

March 2, 2003, 01:43 AM
may be presumed 'anti' until proven otherwise:(

Our neighbors to the east saw my rifle and pistol safes coming off the truck and later while we were visiting, the woman said..."Your gun-lobby has too much power (what planet is she from?) and meanwhile women and children continue to die from gun violence". Hmmmm....must have been another anti-gun editorial in "The Sydney Morning Herald" that morning?:fire:

March 2, 2003, 01:58 AM
one with an "Arsenal" of hunting rifles:D gunshots very common(i live in the country) even full auto over the hill in a couple places:evil:

March 2, 2003, 01:58 AM
Have gone shooting with two of the neighbors at different times. Of the 12 houses on the block, I only question five may be anti. The rest I know are gun friendly or avid hunters.

March 2, 2003, 02:19 AM
I know this will be hard to believe since I live in N.J.

To my left, shotgun hunter. To my right, shotgun hunter. Across the street, shotgun hunter. To the right of him, Police officer. Behind me to the left 2 doors, police officer. Behind me to the right 2 doors, the Mayor (anti). I think I know which part of my town will be "protected ".:D

March 2, 2003, 03:06 AM
Pro -- at least the ones I know about.

March 2, 2003, 07:06 AM
that this falls in same category as anti-war, pro-abortion, anti-religion, anti-SUV, anti-President Bush, general anti-American feelings "so prevalent"

the media would have you believe that 95% of the populace are against what we typically believe in. That we are the lunatic minority.

they don't understand that they're the minority...they just think "they're not getting their message across".

Once you come out of the closet as a gun owner, you'll be greatly suprised how many others are shooters too. The very, very few that are anti...go ahead and let 'em try to debate me. They just end up getting their feelings hurt.

I had a friend in college. Major was Ancient Greek Philosophy. Very anti-gun. We started having a rational debate (rational being the key). I asked how he could dislike something he had no experience with. He agreed. We went shooting hand thrown clays. The guy was an absolute natural...broke probably 12-15 straight, first try. He ended up buying a shotgun.

Kahr carrier
March 2, 2003, 07:13 AM
Neighbors are Yuppies and Anti-gun except for one an old WW-2 vet he is cool walks around his yard with a Stag gripped Model 60 in his sweater vest pocket.:D

March 2, 2003, 08:15 AM
I'am not sure but no one in my small apt complex(7 apts) has complained when i open carry.My old next door neighbor did kind of freakout when federal express left a case of ammo at his doorstep but he's moved now.

March 2, 2003, 10:00 AM
I don't know and I don't care as most of my neighbors won't talk to me or my roomie.

My roomie has a lot of tattoos and so people think the worst right away. We are actually really nice people if they would make even half the attempt to get to know us. Lord knows I tried this winter, helping the neighbors shovel out of the upwards of 2 feet of snow. They couldn't wait for me to leave after all the work was done.

March 2, 2003, 10:42 AM
I have never spoken to my neighbors on our side or front. We have heard the neighbors across the street argue and decide to divorce, they were yelling loud enough so we could hear it in our house. The neighbors next to us have bratty kids that throw trash in our yard and bottles at the wall, and a dog that cries/fights with the other dog, so I have no interest in getting to know that home either. They haven't seen me that I know of when I am off to the range.

March 2, 2003, 11:13 AM
The lady next door is the daughter of the former police chief, she's anti or confused. I don’t know which.

The guy across the street sells M16 and AR's to law enforcement. His garage wall has a bunch of silhouette targets hanging with the faces shot out.

I don’t know about the rest of the neighbors. I’m sure there nice people.

Art Eatman
March 2, 2003, 11:21 AM
All my neighbors seem to be pro-gun except the nearest couple, who live about 300 yards away. She's not so much anti-gun as anti-noise. He's deathly afraid of guns--dunno why; maybe a Bad Thing happened when he was a kid.

Since my backhoe makes it possible for them to get across the creek during flood times, and I was resident here before them, they know better than to ever complain. :D During range sessions, they're free to go into town or whatever...


March 2, 2003, 11:39 AM
My neighbor across the street is from Pakistan. I will assume he is pro, since a number of years ago, he threatened to shoot my then-young sons for going into his yard to retreive tennis balls. They were using them for "batting practice". They were 11 & 8 at the time. The jerk has a building out back (our front yard faces his back, as he lives on a corner) that he stored stolen goods in. He was a fence for some of the local druggies supporting their habits by shoplifting. I had reported suspicious activity to the local police many times, but he hadn't been caught, YET. I am happy to say the Karma Police caught up to him very shortly after the day he threatened my kids and I called the cops. He fell from a ladder and broke various bones. Shortly afterward, he was arrested and served about a year in jail. He is much more subdued since.

At the time this all occurred, I did not shoot. I would LOVE for him to come and lay on my doorbell again and threaten to shoot. He'd get to meet Rosie, my carry weapon, up close and personal.

Thanks for reading my rant!


March 2, 2003, 11:46 AM
Neighbor on my right is former-Army, knows I own and carry, and says that if the SHTF that he'll come get me. I don't think he owns but at least he acknowledges that I may be able to help him if things get bad. We both have a long-running feud with a rental property nearby that always seems to get rented by drug dealers (meth, for the most part) so we're pretty security minded about our properties.

Neighbor on the left . . . don't know. Haven't talked to them much. He's retired Army, too, but that doesn't mean much nowadays as far as pro v. anti goes.

Neighbor across the street has a couple of teenage kids, one of whom shot out my upstairs windows (during our move-in) with a BB gun. I confronted the kid (dad wasn't home) and explained to him my background and the fact that in the dark a BB gun pointed at my house really looks like a real rifle and that I would probably have to respond with overwhelming force . . . haven't had a problem since. Don't want to meet the dad and probably never will.

One of my best friends lives about two blocks away. He's a discharged Marine . . . wouldn't want to be the poor sod that breaks into his house in the middle of the night.

Our area is pretty much conservative/neo-conservative. If it weren't for the I-5 corridor through Olympia, Tacoma and Seattle, Washington would be a state that would be overwhelmingly pro-gun. Unfortunately all everyone hear's out of WA is what Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia vote.

March 2, 2003, 11:47 AM
None of my neighbors own any firearms but most of them have filled out character reference forms for me for my pistol purchase permits ... even the woman who doesn't like guns.

March 2, 2003, 12:09 PM
character reference forms ... for my pistol purchase permits


Note to self: Do NOT move to NJ. Ever. :scrutiny:

March 2, 2003, 12:12 PM
Neighbor on the West; I take his kids to the range now & then.
Neighbor to the East, he's dropped by while I was cleaning guns in the garage, no comment either way from him. He's pretty conservative politically though.
New neighbor across the street is a state trooper, still need to introduce myself.

March 2, 2003, 12:13 PM
Currently unknown......Yes, Tamara, as much as I would enjoy your wit here with some of the sheeple, I agree with you. We need a purchase permit for every handgun you buy here and to get one, you need 2 character witnesses to answer several questions.

Swamp Yankee
March 2, 2003, 12:13 PM
My only neighbor came over with his bulldozer and pushed up a berm for my backyard pistol/.22 range. His price, I have to let him use it.
Take Care

March 2, 2003, 12:27 PM
Our area is pretty much conservative/neo-conservative. If it weren't for the I-5 corridor through Olympia, Tacoma and Seattle, Washington would be a state that would be overwhelmingly pro-gun. Unfortunately all everyone hear's out of WA is what Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia vote.
So true

March 2, 2003, 12:44 PM
I live in the community known in the area as LE Acres. Over two thirds of the Enforcement community lives in this sub-division.

Corner house next to mine north: Property Appraiser - fanatic bird hunter, three very well trained hunting dogs. Avid gun collector. Pissed off at NRA. I conned him into joining 8 years ago - took 7 months for him to hear from them, asking him to renew, never received membership card, mags, nothing. He wasn't receptive to that offer and made it a point to bring it over to show to me. Wife is the clerk at City Hall in neighboring town - wants one of my Walthers. :uhoh:

Neighbor south: older lady - no interest or opinion about guns. Said it was my job to protect her if needed. Told neighbor south of her same thing.

Two houses south: Postal Sup. Organizes turkey shoots at his farm at least three times a year.

Three houses south: Police Officer, wifes a banker.

Corner south: Juvie Detention Center Officer.

Caddy-corner house - Former Navy SEAL, now deep diving welder. Nickname "Tank". 'Nuff said.

Across the street: retired military. Radical gun nut. Bears watching.

Across the street one house south: County Sheriff.

Across the street two houses south: DA

Across the street three houses south: DB [dumb blond] married to an idiot. Nice enough guy - just dumber than a plank. Career Convenience Store clerk.

Across the street four houses south: State Police Officer.

New Mexico is an NFA state. We're passing CCW as I type. Blew through the Senate like crap through a goose, now in the House moving just as fast.

Me? Retired Military, Gun Junkie, motorcyclist. Active in firearms legislation watches during sessions. Have word/Bill watchers set for anything remotely related to the words gun, handgun, firearm, weapon - etc.

I guess we're all pretty firearms friendly here.

March 2, 2003, 01:17 PM
We have a mixed bag. The woman on one side is former Army Medical Corp Major, not a gun owner, but likes having me next door. Women on other side are an oh so PC pair 'alterantive lifestyle ladies'. I got one coming along, may be able to take her shooting sometime, her partner is disgusted with the whole idea, but allows as how I'd likely get there before the cops (I have pointed out that I am not the police, but we're good enough neighbors that she knows I wouldn't ignore a cry for help-). Don't know about the guy behind me (he's from Guatamala), but his son is a Marine (and he's very proud of him). The other guy behind me has a coupel of AK's and an SKS in addtion to shotguns for hunting.

We've lived here for over 20 yrs, know most of the other neighbors. Of those with whom the topic has come up ,a few who are ambivalent or of the 'what do you need a gun for?' persuasion (though one of them wanted to borrow a pistol after we had a warm burglary two yrs ago:eek: ), and a couple of stereo-.typical knee-jerk soccer mommies Also in the mix is have a retired Fairfax Co detective (hunter, reloader, NRA pistol instructor), a couple of CIA types, retired Secret Service (just moved though), the rest I don't know about. All in all, not bad for inside the beltway NOVA:cool:

March 2, 2003, 01:37 PM
I want to move to SteveA's neighborhood!:D


March 2, 2003, 01:43 PM
I have no bloody idea, mate.:)

March 2, 2003, 02:13 PM
Note to self: Do NOT move to NJ. Ever

The only consolation is ... for now, we still can buy handguns, but .... as soon as someone comes up with "smart gun" technology (that has to be only 80% reliable) 3 years after that you will only be able to buy "smart guns" even if there is only ONE brand and model so equipped.

"Last person to leave NJ ... please shut the lights off"

March 2, 2003, 02:14 PM
Immediately to my left, my uncle. Korean war vet. Pro-gun but doesn't own any. That is OK, because if needed, he would end up with one of mine. Next to him, staunch anti's. If they ever need my help, too bad. I have no compassion for people who are that close-minded and simple.
For example, they voted for Clinton because they thought he looked nice.:rolleyes:

March 2, 2003, 02:30 PM
Next door neighbor: Owns but never shoots. Couple across the street: own, camp & shoot. Their next-door neighbor: NRA mamber, probable shotgun owner, but never shoots.

Now for the OTHERS: they are either liberals, socialists, collectivists or too timid to even contemplate the idea of firearms ownership for sporting purposes.

In other words, a pro-firearms hotbed, in this State of **********.


March 2, 2003, 03:13 PM
I know some of them are nazi about little things, but I am not sure about guns. They all know that I have guns. I take my guns out a lot. They have all seen me loading them into my car or truck. My car is a "Probable Cause" machine with all the stickers over it. I did it as a joke. The driving lights and trphy on the hood are a nice touch too.

I take guns over to my best friend's house all the time. Most of the neighbors are yuppie types, but never say anything. They are used to me driving up, having two guns visible on my belt, carrying a shotgun to the door.

The best time was when the house two doors down was for sale. It is in a cul-de-sac, so you can see everything that goes on. The real estate agent was showing a couple the house and they were walking out the front door as I pulled up in my big red Dodge Ram. I grabbed my Mossberg 500 that was a police trade-in and looks non-pc. I stepped out of my truck and racked the slide to make sure it was unloaded. They gave me some odd looks. I waived to them and said "welcome to the neighborhood." They did not buy the house though.


March 2, 2003, 04:34 PM
A couple of weeks ago a neighbor was taking out the trash and caught someone breaking into her car. She screamed and the guy took off, couldn't make a corner and flipped his car on another neighbors property. He was gone by the time I got outside and other neighbors were starting to come out like ***?!

Cops came right away and set up a perimeter and the neighbors started talking. There were three "I went to get my gun when I heard the noise" (it sounded really bad) but I didn't say anything. Two other neighbors didn't come out... one is LEO and the other just got out of the Marines...

Guess my neighbors are pro-firearms too.

March 2, 2003, 05:43 PM
Guys ......... thx a lot for all the replies ... better response than I could have hoped for. Great reading and good to get a flavor from y'all. Appreciate it.:)

March 2, 2003, 07:02 PM
My brother said just yesterday that if TSHTF he and his roomate are coming to my house to set up a defensive point.

I told him to just bring their own ammo.

He asked what kind would be the best.

I replied to just bring ammo I could make it fit in something:D

March 2, 2003, 07:43 PM
One comment surprised me. I've always assumed someone's pro unless proven otherwise. When proven otherwise, my response is, "That's disappointing, I always thought you'd side with reason, logic and the lessons of history, rather than hysteria and deception," then walk away shaking head.

The better the person's opinion of you, the more profound the impact. I've taught two such to shoot. Neither are anti any more.

March 2, 2003, 07:51 PM
Moved here 8 years or so ago, and, since it was legal, pulled out the M1A and fired 20. Since I was from one of "those" states, put the weapon away, picked up the brass, and waited for reactions.

It being a nice, sunny Sunday, within half an hour or so, I had weapons firing 360 degrees around me.

No clue on what the wives thought...

These days, in job related testing, I bring an M4 home with 2K of ammo, and proceed to do "recoil testing", on full auto.

I usually get a couple of neighbors coming over to see just what I've got that's making interesting

I guess I'm a truely scary person!

But I do have good neighbors, and, shooting aside, I try to be one too.

So should you.

March 2, 2003, 09:42 PM
I would guess my nearest neighbors are anti. Never discussed it with them. Both are shrinks, and she is a university professor. What does that tell you? Very nice people, but I think they would be a bit shocked to know that I sleep with an AR-15. Oh well.

March 2, 2003, 09:49 PM
Neighbor below me used to be a dealer, still has his FFL, and a fairly impressive collection.

Neighbor across the way is a prison guard.

Seems like most of the people around here are pro-gun in that "Doesn't everybody have a gun?" sort of rural way.

Not many seem like enthusiasts.

March 2, 2003, 10:26 PM
Most of my neighbors are not only pro-gun, but own them as well. We are a well armed neighborhood, with a neighborhood watch program in force, and there's very little trouble here.

We wouldn't have it any other way.:D

March 2, 2003, 11:09 PM
Across the street: retired military. Radical gun nut. Bears watching.

SteveA -- Tryin' to keep up with the Jones's, huh? :D

March 2, 2003, 11:56 PM
I'd say pro;) .

Mike Irwin
March 3, 2003, 12:34 AM
Mostly pro, I'd say.

March 3, 2003, 11:20 AM
My neighbor to the left is the local head of the VFW and has a 1919 .30 cal. with grips and a spade trigger mounted on a pedestal in a WW II vintage jeep. He also has several nicely done Garands with scabbards too.

He and his adult sons are re-enactors and do a lot of local parades and such.

Since he is also a retired machinist, with a well equipped home shop (sigh) I know he has some interesting hardware for his fellow re-enactors.

We loan tools to each other sometimes and he's curious about my old cars and antique motor scooters. So we are gradually getting to know each other better. I'm looking forward to getting invited to his shop to see what kind of toys he plays with in private.

Don P.

March 3, 2003, 06:45 PM
Neighbors around me are pretty accepting. Former Marine to the left of me, older woman to my right whose husband had firearms. Several other neighbors know that I have them, but don't seem to mind.

Being a single guy, I sometimes have 'baking frenzies' (yeah, I'm domestic, so sue me! :D ), and the neighbors get the treats. Being one guy, I can't very well eat 8 dozen cookies! Maybe the treats keep 'em quiet. LOL

This past fall, we had new neighbors move in across the street, and I left them a goodie basket when they weren't home. Well, they returned the favor, and the look on their face was priceless when I opened the door. I think they were expecting some old lady or something.

Instead, they saw a mid-30's long haired (growing for Locks of Love) hippie freak, wearing a Dillon Aero GE Mini-gun shirt. I could see the wheels were turning, as they tried to figure me out.
I must have been accepted, they're still talking to me! ;)

March 3, 2003, 07:59 PM
I will ask HSO and Tamara if they are PRO or ANTI and report back:)

March 4, 2003, 04:09 PM
Let's see....

Neighbor to the east kid got caught plinking BB's into my backyard. Said he was shooting at birds when in all actuallity the only animal in the backyard was my dog. I'd say they are pro...

Neighbor to the west watched one night out their back door while someone stole my go cart and did nothing. I'd say they are anti but they have never said a word about seeing us load up for a trip to the desert nor when we practice flingin arrows in the backyard.

Neighbor directly across the street to the right is retired military and Lockheed security and has worked at the local gun shop for the last who knows how many years. Both he and his wife carry and alsways have. I'd say they are pro.

Neighbor directly across the street and to the left is a long haired hippy type that keeps to himself. Not sure about him.

Next door to him the man is probably a fence sitter while the woman is definitely anti. Won't let her daughter come shooting with us but will let her go to the archery range with us. She's allowed in our house and is allowed to stay overnight but no one has ever asked if all the guns are always locked up. They aren't and I would never lie so I'm not sure what her trip is.

March 4, 2003, 04:39 PM
Get me out of this PLace!!!!!! the people in the unit next to me the sons a felon, the father is a drunk and the mom is lost in space, as for the neighbor next to them she is a avid anti , if it wasn't for the fact that my freinds are leo's she probably call atf on me . the person next to them new haven't met yet , stereo typ yup type , next to them is a nurse from central Ill , Haven't met her yet , next to them is a freind of mine who asked me to clean and fix his old shotgun so I would say he is Pro (nice berretta O/O) and don't care to know the last 2 units My neighbors behind me .. weel they don't exist (commercial prop ) and my neighbors across the way .hmm lets not go there... Yuppie soccor do gooding arrghh ... and people who have the police visiting them every other day ... nice neighborhood ... anyone want to buy a condo cheap???

March 4, 2003, 09:39 PM
The good neighbors that use to live next door to me are pro. I grew up with their sons. Use to play baseball with tennis balls all the time. The people that now occupy the home are well a waste of O2. (examples was trying to cut some branches down from a tree one summer with a chain saw. Took him 1 hour to cut down a branch with less that 6 in diameter. He places the chain saw on the branch and expected the saw to do the work)

A few of us in the neighborhood got a good laugh out of that.

The guys that use to rent the house across the street were pro, and the others around me are somewhat questionable.

Most of the people the block are older. A new influx of kids have showed up in the neighborhood due to house rentals. :fire:

They tend to case the neighborhood quite a bit. Lucky that I have Sactown and a few fellas on in a 1/2 block radius that are progun.

4 eyed six shooter
March 4, 2003, 11:08 PM
I have my Gunsmithing business in my home and have met many of my neighbors when they brought their firearms over for repair. I don't know of any anti's close by. Got my sign out front and have not had one single negitive comment from anyone. The city gave me my business license without hassle even though I'm not zoned business. It's sure nice living in a pro gun community. :D ;)

March 4, 2003, 11:34 PM
Neighbors to the north are pro. Haven't met the neighbors to the south but they go through several cases of ammo each month. I think that makes them pro. Good shooting;)

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