Good riddance California... Hello Idaho!


January 8, 2003, 05:19 PM
Yes, that's right folks, the family and I are leaving the old PRK and headed to Idaho. We're moving to Eagle (just outside of Boise) and looking forward to all the benefits a conservative leaning state provides. :)

So... here's the question... as we simply have too much stuff to move on our own we've hired a moving company... should I have the moving company haul the guns, drive the guns from CA to ID myself, or have them shipped. What are the issues or concerns that exist with each option? Recommendations and advice welcome.

Also... I've begun the process of looking for work. Anybody out there in the need for a professional and experienced operations or project manager? Tech, manufacturing, sales, retail... if it's management and it takes brains, I'm your man. Resume available on request. ;)


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January 8, 2003, 05:33 PM
I would drive them out myself. Of course, that depends on how many you have.

I wouldn't ship them. While federal law allows you to ship guns to yourself, and Idaho poses no restrictions on firearm acquisition, it get very expensive to ship handguns overnight. Long guns can go ground, but that adds up too.

Once you enter Idaho you simply need to keep the guns locked in the truck or in a locked case if up front. Once you get a carry license, you can carry guns and ammo any way you want. There are no restrictions.

January 8, 2003, 05:57 PM
I too would transport them myself. Assuming you will be going through Oregon or Nevada, you will have no issues.

Please don't let the libs in Eagle turn you off to Idaho though:uhoh:

Although, like the PRK, the rural areas are very conservative and pro gun, the cities and 'burbs (like Eagle), will have their share of socialists.

January 8, 2003, 06:09 PM
I'll second this farmer... don't know if you know this, but Eagle's become Yuppieville over the last what.... 10 years or so? Not as bad politics-wise as Boise's North End... but it is suburb country. Farmland gobbled up all over into subdivisions... honestly, it reminds me of what people said the CA Bay Area was like 15 years ago... and I suspect the same may happen. That's what comes of a whole bunch of folks fleeing their old mess 'cause it got too crazy, then bringing their craziness with 'em. :(

Note to anyone in a rural or small town area -- if an HP or other big tech company wants to set up a plant in your town, say NO. Yes, it will give the local economy a hefty shot in the arm. But you WILL find yourself a refugee from your own home within twenty years.

Oh yeah... two other things.

One -- yes, transport your guns yourself.

Two -- Ditch the CA plates off your rig as soon as possible. Folks aren't too keen on Californians in Idaho. See above.


January 8, 2003, 06:19 PM
Thanks for the quick reponses guys!

Yup... I will most certainly be ditching the CA plates asap. While I was born in CA, I certainly do not consider myself a californian at heart and don't want to give the Idaho folks the wrong idea.

Too bad to hear about the liberals in Eagle... wife needed the comfort of a subdivision community and I guess that's the price you pay. We actually flew up to ID 5 straight weekends looking for places... we hit everything from Idaho Falls to C'dlene. Family is in boise though... there we hit everything from Weiser, Garden Valley, Pocatello, Emmet, Kuna, Crouch, Fruitland, etc... lots of great places I'd love to live, but none to great for the wife and kids... oh well, theres always retirement ;)

I love the input and advise on Idaho... firearms related and otherwise... keep it coming!


January 8, 2003, 08:04 PM
Ahhh Idaho.. too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter, and nothing to do. It was a nice place to visit, but I only lasted 3 months. Coming from Seattle as a young single guy, the fact that "Downtown Boise" is roughly 4 square blocks was ridiculous. If you're an old married guy, you'll be ok ;)

Seriously though, I liked Boise, but the tech job market was for crap.

Kahr carrier
January 8, 2003, 08:54 PM
I would drive the weapons myself.

Standing Wolf
January 8, 2003, 10:07 PM
I wouldn't even consider trusting a moving company with firearms.

I looked long and hard at Boise last summer before I left the People's Republic of California. I liked the area a lot. One of the reasons I chose Colorado is that new residents of Idaho are required by law to wait six months to exercise their Second Amendment civil rights. All I needed in Colorado was a local address and driver's license—and the license took all of ten minutes to get, of which the first seven were spent waiting in line.

January 8, 2003, 11:23 PM
I, too, moved from Seattle to Boise - and I would have to disagree w/ MMcCall. Sure, Boise is quieter than Seattle, but there is usually interesting stuff going on. And you don't know "too hot/too cold" until you have spent a few years in the midwest. The thermometer may read higher in Boise, but I'll take 100 degrees here over 90 degrees in MN any day.

I, too, would recommend transporting them yourself if at all possible. An added bonus of the low humidity here is that I have had zero problems with rust. Well, ok, I am pretty fastidious about maintenance as well....

The job market here is not the best right now - but then I think that is true for much of the nation. Anecdotally, I have several unemployed friends in the tech industry. But there is a lot more opportunity for someone as flexible as you sound.

Post when you get here, and we'll have to have a high road live-fire exercise out at Blacks Creek.


January 8, 2003, 11:34 PM
Having moved a lot in my lifetime and used moving companies, I would advise you NOT to trust them implicitly. Almost every time I have moved witha moving company, at least one box of good stuff has mysteriously disappeared en route.

January 9, 2003, 12:01 AM
Post when you get here, and we'll have to have a high road live-fire exercise out at Blacks Creek

Aww shucks... and here I'll miss y'all. Well, say hi to Don and Rick and all for me, eh?


January 9, 2003, 04:48 AM
As a side note: My Mom spent some of her youth in Eagle on a Ranch. At that time she attended a one room school with all of 16 or 18 kids in town!
It's changed a little.;)

January 9, 2003, 05:14 AM
I would drive those guns up myself.

January 9, 2003, 08:50 AM
NONE of my experiences with moving companies have been good, starting with a move when I was about 8 years old....they ( forever un-named, now defunct) lost my Mattel "Shootin' Shell" rifle, the Winchester '94 lookalike, and my next older brothers one that was the Rolling Block Sharps twin. In one move, another company lost the BIG box of Lionel trains.

Last commercial move, that company broke the cast-iron nose peice of my IH Cub Cadet lawn tractor, bent the steering wheel beyond recongition, and smashed the back panel of the apartment-size washer dryer stack so badly that it was unuseable. This was after the "account exec" showed up 2 hours late on moving day, and announced that one of their "Key Accounts" wanted them to also transport port a car for them, and they couldn't move us that day, so would Friday in 2 weeks be OK ? ?

We compromised on them moving 80-85% that day, and warehousing the rest untill another truck was coming to Cleveland. The warehoused stuff was what suffered the most damages and losses, including wife's BB pistol that resembles the Walther P-38/P-1, and my late Dad's VA flag (Dad was WW2 Army infantryman)

Short version...don't trust the movers with anything you can't afford to lose.

January 9, 2003, 11:52 AM
don't trust the movers with anything you can't afford to lose.
I must emphatically second this statement.

January 9, 2003, 05:57 PM
I recently had a similar situation. I had the movers move EVERYTHING EXCEPT the Gun safe and Firearms. These items, I rented a UHAUL and moved them myself.

Do NOT have the mover move your firearms.

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