Interesting Afternoon At The Department Of Motor Vehicles


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Gaucho Gringo
May 4, 2007, 12:30 AM
Hi All

I had some business to take care of at my state DMV. When you get there you take a number and wait. Since the wait usually takes 1-1 1\2 hrs I always take something to read, almost always firearm related. Never had anybody give me a second look until today. I had my copy of Gun Traders Guide 29th Edition. I walked in, took my number and sat down on the end chair of a row. I opened my book and started reading it minding my own business. About 5 min later the lady next to me gets up, never to return. About 15 min later I look up and the next 4 chairs to me are empty. I return to my reading and about 50 min later my number is called. I walk up to the counter and set my book down on it and gave my number ticket to the clerk. All of a sudden he holds his hands up in the air, points at my book and mumbles something I didn't understand. I quickly pulled the book off the counter and he calms down. I was using the book as a file folder to hold my paperwork as it is convenient to do so. Anyway I completed the rest of my business without any trouble and walked out although I did get the feeling that people were looking at me but I did not care as I had done nothing wrong. Although at one point I almost expected a Swat Team to come through the door. Anyway so much for my excitement of the day.

As far as looking like a gun toting wacko I am 56 yrs old, 5' 9", 165 lbs. balding grey hair and beard, wear a neck brace because I have severe degenerative arthritis of my neck along with other problems, wallk with a limp and am a doting grandfather to my 4 month old granddaughter. I think something is wrong here but I thought I would let the forum help me on this one. Thanks to you all for reading my rant.

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Seminole
May 4, 2007, 12:35 AM
Hmmmm. . . . I'll have to try that tactic the next time I have to go to the DMV. Whatever works. . . . :evil:

Uenoparker
May 4, 2007, 12:36 AM
Agreed, something was indeed wrong. There must have been a farmer there at the same time, and rather than keep his sheep in his truck, he brought them in and let them have the run of the place.

SoCalShooter
May 4, 2007, 12:41 AM
Damn, you sound dangerous! Doting eh? Yeah your absolutely a security risk. What is this world coming to?

Arkie
May 4, 2007, 01:06 AM
Well no wonder they were afraid with you carrying such a Big Caliber book.

592 pages!!! Talk about a high capacity.

I'm just glad that you didn't thumb through the pages real quick, that would have been Full Auto!!!


LOLOLOLOL

Avenger29
May 4, 2007, 01:11 AM
Now I know how to get people to leave quickly to reduce the wait. You should have wandered around the room, making people nervous:evil:

Mark_from_Iowa
May 4, 2007, 01:48 AM
One has to wonder what people who are so afraid of firearms are doing in a car...

chemist308
May 4, 2007, 05:00 AM
Right to keep and bear arms, freedom of the press...ban 'em both.

Support literacy.

I wonder if you would get extra time for using a book about guns to hold up a convenience store...:rolleyes:

vis--vis
May 4, 2007, 05:14 AM
You should have said: "Oh don't worry. This magazine isn't loaded" and went about your business. :D

F4GIB
May 4, 2007, 05:27 AM
Ah ... , you live in OREGON.

steveno
May 4, 2007, 05:57 AM
wear an INS jacket the next time and the line will get even smaller

UKTN
May 4, 2007, 10:47 AM
If I were to wear a jacket with INS on it would that be breaking the law?

jmtgsx
May 4, 2007, 10:57 AM
If I were to wear a jacket with INS on it would that be breaking the law?

Not if you are a Bona fide member of the International Numismatic Society!

strat81
May 4, 2007, 10:58 AM
If I were to wear a jacket with INS on it would that be breaking the law?

http://www.the-ins.org/

RNB65
May 4, 2007, 10:59 AM
Just be glad the SWAT team didn't show up.

:)

koja48
May 4, 2007, 11:03 AM
Aha, a new technique for always ensuring that I get in the shortest, fastest line. Just to be on the safe side, I think I'll also carry a small reloading pamphlet as back-up. All I can figure is that some folks have unrealistic phobias regarding paper cuts . . .

Deanimator
May 4, 2007, 11:50 AM
Hmmmm. . . . I'll have to try that tactic the next time I have to go to the DMV. Whatever works. . . .

When I worked full time as a computer consultant, I bought a lot of parts from a Russian owned computer dealer. All of the Russian owned companies in town had a wretched reputation for customer service, one of them even threatening to have a dissatisfied customer KILLED!

Whenever I had to go to the the exchange/service department, I ALWAYS had some kind of gun book or magazine, frequently "Smallarms Review". I NEVER got anything but the most excruciating politeness!

delta53
May 4, 2007, 01:38 PM
if the SWAT team showed up since they have been more of a hazard to them selves lately

Stickjockey
May 4, 2007, 02:00 PM
Ah ... , you live in OREGON.

More to the point, you live in PORTLAND.:rolleyes:

The Unknown User
May 4, 2007, 02:11 PM
If they called a SWAT team on a man in a neck brace with a limp over a book I bet you could sue them for quite a lot. :D

MikeH
May 4, 2007, 02:24 PM
Sir, you should thank your lucky stars that you were not subdued by men in full tactical gear with copies of SWAT Magazine. :neener:

BTW, INS is now called USCIS. Is there a crime wearing clothing marked INS when it doesn't exist anymore?

Gadsden
May 4, 2007, 02:45 PM
I don't want to hijack the thread, but a similar thing will happen at the UPS center when the clerk tosses 2,000 rounds of ammo on the counter for you to sign for. Other customers will quickly distance themselves from you and you will get THE LOOK. You know what the look is. Dismay that so much ammo is available anywhere and outright fear that you have it. I feel good about looking so dangerous.

Jack Straw from Wichita
May 4, 2007, 02:51 PM
If they called a SWAT team on a man in a neck brace with a limp over a book I bet you could sue them for quite a lot.

Assuming he survives the encounter, that is.

-Jack

ArfinGreebly
May 4, 2007, 04:15 PM
What cartridge for doting?

Holy cow.

Or sheep.

Some kind of livestock, anyway.

DMV . . .

Next time you COULD bring a white cane.

TallPine
May 4, 2007, 04:29 PM
I was using the book as a file folder to hold my paperwork as it is convenient to do so.
High capacity magazine ...? ;)

"Watch out! He's got a book!" :D

steveno
May 4, 2007, 06:43 PM
ok so instead of wearing the INS jacket ask the people inside the waiting area as to why the INS is outside. that should clear out the illegals

The Unknown User
May 4, 2007, 06:53 PM
Okay, I'm stupid. What's the "INS"?

Geronimo45
May 4, 2007, 07:02 PM
Okay, I'm stupid. What's the "INS"?
Immigration & Naturalization Service - that was the old name. Now, I think they're ICE - Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

82Magnum
May 4, 2007, 08:55 PM
Try reading "Guns and Ammo" on a plane sometime. You'll be surprised how often you'll end up with an "empty" seat next to you. Just another one of life's little pleasures I've found.

koja48
May 4, 2007, 09:34 PM
High capacity magazine ...?

"Watch out! He's got a book!"

You owe me a soda, Tall . . . I just finished wiping the last one off my monitor . . .

offthepaper
May 4, 2007, 09:42 PM
You should have said: "Oh don't worry. This magazine isn't loaded"
---------------------------------------------

Now that was good. :D

Average Joe
May 4, 2007, 09:45 PM
Now, if you were an illegal immigrant, nobody would have bothered you, out of fear of being called a racist....

Gaucho Gringo
May 5, 2007, 02:35 AM
Average Joe: The clerk who waited on me was Hispanic and spoke with an accent which is probably why I did not understand what he originally said, but I could understand by his body language what he said. To all the others who replied I got a good laugh over the humor in your replies. When I wrote my post I thought it was a classic case of people overreacting and I still think it is. I find it odd that a country for the the time period from 1625 to 1960 saw firearms as a useful and necessary tool for survival in the last 50 years to become something evil and as something to eliminate. Where did peoples mindset go wrong?

Colt46
May 5, 2007, 03:49 AM
I like the idea of traveling with Guns and Ammo. I could always use the extra room on crowded planes to stretch out and relax.

Warren
May 5, 2007, 04:33 AM
I like the idea of traveling with Guns and Ammo. I could always use the extra room on crowded planes to stretch out and relax.

I'd ask if you had another 'zine.


What is funny about this incident is that the media bobbleheads would call it a clip.

ArfinGreebly
May 6, 2007, 04:04 AM
What is funny about this incident is that the media bobbleheads would call it a clip.

That's just silly.

Who the heck would order a subscription to a clip?

Warren
May 6, 2007, 04:10 AM
Who the heck would order a subscription to a clip?

Ha! (http://www.clip-magazine.com/)

skeeter1
May 6, 2007, 04:18 AM
Hmmm...

I never thought about it before my last trip to the BMV, but maybe I should have worn my gun club cap. Might have gotten in through quicker.

jeepmor
May 6, 2007, 04:43 AM
Man this is funny. I live in Portland area, and I can beleive every word. I'm gonna have to try some of these suggestions. In Hillsboro DMV, it could really shorten my wait time.

jeepmor

qajaq59
May 6, 2007, 08:02 AM
For years I've been saying that 20% of the human race are idiots. But after reading about that DMV reaction I think it may be 80%. :banghead:

tegemu
May 6, 2007, 08:13 AM
Did you use deodorant that day?

Archie
May 6, 2007, 01:06 PM
I grew up in Portland and love the city. I haven't lived there for over thirty years and fear I'll never live there again. A good friend who still lives there tells me the city government has been taken over by liberal moonbats and is trying to remake itself into a 'worker's paradise'.

However, this is true of all large cities. for a multitude of reasons, big cities tend toward liberalism. So, my plan is to get out of 'the city' and live in a rural setting. If enough of us do this, perhaps we can force major cities to collapse on themselves economically and the nation will move back toward conservatism. Just a thought.

Sorry to hijack the thread.

By the way, people won't sit next to me if I take my Bible to read, either.

lacoochee
May 6, 2007, 04:55 PM
When I buy ammo at Wal-Mart I always have them double bag it. The first time I bought ammunition there I didn't, I couldn't believe the looks on people's faces as I kept shopping. It was funny but I have them double bag it because if there is bad guy watching I don't want him to think I might be armed, I would prefer that to be a surprise.

Sig245
May 6, 2007, 06:09 PM
Gee, which DMV office was that, I will have to cut out my address label in all my old gun magazines and then take them and dump them off as reading material at the DMV.

Are you sure you used your deodorant before you went to the DMV.

davhina
May 6, 2007, 07:04 PM
Thanks for the info..will bring as many gun magazines as possible, next time i go to the doctor or dentist...should save me hours of time:evil:

coelacanth
May 8, 2007, 05:11 PM
always stops by the grocery store on his way home from work( in uniform ) - gets a full cart of groceries then stops by the magazine rack and tosses a copy of the closest gun magazine on top of everything else. He goes to the express checkout lane with a full cart and according to him nobody has ever said anything to him about not being in the proper line. :D

vynx
May 8, 2007, 05:24 PM
I had a friend who told me he was always treated nicer when he wore camo's.

Sounds like the same kind of thing. Hmmm, wear camo's AND read gun mag's on the plane?

TonyB
May 8, 2007, 05:37 PM
I would've said..."I only get it for the articles."
Seriously,you would've gotten less of a reaction if you were reading Penthouse.
When me and my wife have our big night out,we go to Borders and hang out.I akways grab a bunch of gun mags and books.One night a guy walks up and says"I couldn't help but notice whet you were reading."I'm thinking ok great this guy's gonna be some liberal a-hole and want to "talk"...turns out he's a shooter,and wanted to know where to shoot around us....he joined our idpa club.So sometimes we are pleasantly surprised....not often though.:scrutiny:

Cliff47
May 8, 2007, 05:45 PM
If you had been thumbing through the latest Dillon Precision catalog, The Blue Press, would those around you have thought it was pornographic??

cyberhick
May 8, 2007, 05:57 PM
My gun mags never cleared an area for me, it always took a can of Hormel to do that for me.

CountGlockula
May 8, 2007, 06:17 PM
Post VA Tech shooting will do that. A lot of people are paranoid nowadays.

I think you should start a book/magazine club.

Libertyteeth
May 9, 2007, 02:36 AM
In the DMV or on a plane, etc., this shirt might be fun to wear. Preferably while reading an assault magazine. :evil:

http://www.deltaforce.com/catalog/tshirtsthatkickbutt.html

9 Out of the 10 Voices in My Head
Told Me to Stay Home and Clean My Guns Today

100% Preshrunk Cotton Silkscreened T-shirt. White and Gold on Blue

gotarheels03
May 9, 2007, 02:41 AM
^ The "9 out of 10 voices in my head" T-shirt wouldn't be something you'd want to wear on a college campus these days, although it'd be interesting to see the reaction from all the anti's. I have a feeling most of them would stay far away from you.

The_Antibubba
May 9, 2007, 02:51 AM
Having been to the DMV in many states (And they're all the same no matter where you are), I'd say they were alarmed at the presence of a book, held by a man who seemed willing and able to use it for it's intended purpose...

Tinmancr
May 9, 2007, 09:37 PM
I can't really understand, how a book that any collector of guns or salesman would have could bother anyone.
but hey I am automatically a security threat everywhere, except to actual police.
it is kinda funny I am 24 5feet 7inches 197 pounds and wear thick corrective lenses, everyone either tries to act tougher because I am around or they try to compete physically.
had a drunk try to box me for standing around him.
luckily cops are a little smarter than average joes and treat me like another civi.
our DMV is right beside the State Troopers HQ, no guns or knives allowed.
they occasionally have guns magazines there and no one acts any weirder when I read them.
the employees are always flakes or psychos at least up here, especially the testers.

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