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Coastline gun control?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by DevLcL, Jan 15, 2006.

  1. DevLcL

    DevLcL Well-Known Member

    Why does gun control seem to follow the coastline? PRK, the big island, upper east coast...what gives?

  2. MatthewVanitas

    MatthewVanitas Well-Known Member

    Many of America's largest cities are on the coasts.

    Gun Control has far more support in big cities than in rural areas.

    Thus, Gun Control has more support on the coasts (and incidentally in large inland cities such as Chicago and Denver).

  3. Preacherman

    Preacherman Well-Known Member

    Also, coastal areas were settled sooner, and many of their more adventurous residents were among the first to "go West" (or East, in the case of California) to the more challenging climate of the frontier. They left behind the more sedate types, who built up the coastlands into blissninny havens, free from the strongly independent frontier types. Those who went to the frontier knew all too well their need of weapons!
  4. cbsbyte

    cbsbyte Well-Known Member

    This is not true. Gun control is supported in every large city in the US, including ones in the interior.
  5. Preacherman

    Preacherman Well-Known Member

    cbsbyte, not so. Of the 40 largest US cities (see here for the list and details of their size), 27 (or two-thirds of the total) have CCW and/or are basically friendly to gun-owners (sometimes more so than the states in which they're located). So, I don't think it's true to say that

    There may be those in all these cities who are in favor of gun control, but in the majority of them, the anti-gunners have not succeeded in curbing citizens' rights.
  6. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    70% of the people in the United states live within 100 miles of either the Atlantic or Pacific oceans.
  7. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

    Preacherman, a contrarian data point.

    PA is extremely gun friendly.

    Philadelphia, however, is institutionally outright HOSTILE to guns, and their owners, even after the state supreme court told them to knock it off, in no uncertain terms. (Systematic foot dragging in permit issuance, annual attempts to enact their own laws stricter than the states, public demonization of LTCF holders by elected officials, pioneered the technique of frivolously suing gun makers, etc, ad nauseum. Their operating procedure is to obstruct, obstruct, obstruct.)

    If you are "made" by an officer of the law in the rest of the state, having a carry permit gets you a "have a nice day", if they even bother to check. In PHL, it often only gets you a slightly better plea bargaining position.

    Anyway, my point is, subtract (at least) 1 city from your list of "gun friendlies".


    My take on it is that the various human social distortions that are highly correlated with population density synergize with a collectivist mindset, which is in turn exploited by those in sympathy with such goals. Civil disarmament is simply part of that package.
  8. Herself

    Herself member

    You mean, if the sea level ever rises, we'll be free of 90% of the gun-banners? Yayyy!

    Or did I misconstrue that?

    Last edited: Jan 16, 2006
  9. gc70

    gc70 Well-Known Member

    +1 :evil:
  10. DevLcL

    DevLcL Well-Known Member


    I live in cali, but fortunetely, I live on a mountain, which is very tall. I'd have my own little island...all types of guns allowed :evil: (you'll have to check with me about biological stuff tho :rolleyes: )

  11. jacobtowne

    jacobtowne Well-Known Member

    Only four states prohibit concealed carry altogether, and they are all in the Midwest.
  12. Crosshair

    Crosshair Well-Known Member

    Can I come and take pot-shots at whales with an RPG.:D
  13. Gray Peterson

    Gray Peterson Well-Known Member

    A few points to make.

    1. The coastal anti-gun legislative mentality is primarily a fallacy.

    2. On the Pacific Side, only the states of California and Hawaii are anti-gun and anti-concealed carry. Oregon, Washington, and Alaska would take much exception to being called anti-gun. Washington State was the first state to pass a shall-issue carry law in modern times in 1961. We require no licensing of handgun ownership, no reporting, and there's no training for CCW at all. Oregon has been shall-issue since 1989, with almost no restrictions on where you can carry (courthouses and federal buildings excepted). Alaska has a shall-issue licensing system, but does not require the license to carry concealed. It's only for those who want a NICS exemption and carry to other states.

    3. On the Atlantic Side, with the exceptions of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Maryland, all of the states there are shall-issue or may-issue with fair discretion (Delaware and Connecticut the best examples of this). Lest we forget the Virginia, NC, SC, GA, and FL are Atlantic coastal states, as well as New Hampshire and Maine. All of these states are shall-issue, and open carry is legal in Virginia, New Hampshire, Delaware, and Maine.

    4. California is anti-gun for a variety of reasons. The same with Illinois, which is a prairie state, and Wisconsin. The most virulent and loud of anti-gunners tend to live in the interior of the country now.
  14. cbsbyte

    cbsbyte Well-Known Member

    Massachusetts is may issue with discretion from the local issuing police agency. In most towns and cities in the state it is very easy to get CCW, but in a dozen cities it is nearly impossible to obtain a license. New York has CCW, and so does NJ.
  15. cbsbyte

    cbsbyte Well-Known Member

    Maryland also does not allow CCW.
  16. jacobtowne

    jacobtowne Well-Known Member

    According to packing.org, Maryland allows concealed carry, but it's very difficult to get a permit.
  17. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    The majority of the US coastline is right here in AK. No worries!
  18. jacobtowne

    jacobtowne Well-Known Member

    Good one!:D
  19. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    Hmmm, don't know, seems more urban than location. Just look at Chicago, Cleveland, or Gary, Indiana, unless you count them as the North Coast, then I would say that blissninnies favor urban cover, no matter their proximity to the vaunted "coasts".
  20. DunedinDragon

    DunedinDragon Well-Known Member

    And let's not forget the Atlantic "coast" that wraps around into the Gulf of Mexico...and there we have Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. I DARE ya to tell a Texan they live in an anti-gun state!!!!!!!!

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