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Old September 26, 2012, 01:32 PM   #176
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I have not lived in Detriot for many years---- I always had the feeling that I was living in a shooting range--------------
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Old September 26, 2012, 07:35 PM   #177
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I have lived in two foreign countries in my life....Vietnam and New Jersey.

I have lived in Texas for 27 years and love that country. I could go back there.

I now live in Sweet home Alabama the place of my birth and will be the place of my death. It is like Texas...a free thinking people state, few regulations state and a friendly neighborly state.

Example: To get a CC, you go to the sheriff office they run a check and you leave with a permit if you are not a felon.

Nobody ask why you want a suppressor....the sheriff just signs off on it while he eats his lunch....literally.
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Old September 27, 2012, 05:14 AM   #178
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I live in Paramaribo, Suriname (South America). I have also lived in Europe for a while but am in Suriname now because my parents (who live here) are elderly and I help take care of them. And on another level of choice...city or suburbs..I have lived in both but I prefer the suburbs because I like having a garden (listening to the sound of birds, looking at butterflies) and the tranquility. I hope this contributes to your reflection.
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Old September 28, 2012, 11:26 AM   #179
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Originally Posted by C0untZer0 View Post
Born in Chicago.

My girlfriend - soon to be fiance lived in Chicago suburns and her job was at O'Hare airport. Illinois State Veteran's Scholarship, along with VEAP allowed me to go to Illinois state schools and completely covered my education. So those were two reasons I came back to Illinois after the Army.

I've worked for Chicago-based Fortune 500 companies since college.

I have heard diatribes from people who claim that people who live in Illinois value the rich restaraunt culture, sports teams, museums and entertainment more than they value their Second Amendment rights. And those people advocate an exodus out of Illinois as the only way to deal with the anti-2A politics.

Illinois is one of the most politicaly corrupt states (if not THE most politicaly corrupt), and the democratic process is completely subverted by the structure and rules of the Illinois General Assembly, which is controlled by the corrupt Chicago political machine. This is how 99% of the state is controlled by 1% of the state, this why Illinois is the only state not to have a CCW law despite the fact that a majority of citizens - even a majority of citizens in Chicago and Cook County - favor concealed carry. And this is why Chicago and Illinois is at the forefront of much of the 2A judiciary proceedings. The state is ruled by anti-gun demagogues who, because of the corrupt political system, have political immunity from their actions.

I have children now in the school system and aging parents who need my help, and I simply cannot move out of state.

On IllinoisCarry and TheFiring Line - I heard from a lot of people who would rant that leaving Illinois was the only way to teach the corrupt politicians a lesson. I've been fighting for gun rights in Illinois since 1987. For many years the battle was about stopping even stricter laws from being enacted. But slowly, the tide has turned and instead of simply being on the defensive - we were able to introduce pro-2A laws.

McDonald made a huge difference. We re-introduced a CCW bill this year but lost again when the Speaker of the House Michael Madigan tied the legislation up in rules committee and prevented it from coming to a vote.

The combined cases of Moore & Shepard are currently before the 7th Circuit and we are hoping for a favorable ruling before August 9th.

I really can't move out of Illinois, but I don't think I would anyway.

I don't know how many more guns I could have purchased with the amount of money I've given to political candidates running against the anti-gunners in this state, or how much more ammo I could have purchased. Besides McDonald, I've been on the losing side of this battle for 15 years but we are going to win this fight.
As a fellow Illinois resident who shares your views and concerns, I just want to say "Thank You!"

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Old September 29, 2012, 09:04 AM   #180
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The Central Coast of California. Because I'm extremely fortunate.
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Old September 29, 2012, 10:37 AM   #181
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I live in Texas because its the farthest point from all the liberals on the left and east coast.
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Old September 29, 2012, 11:05 AM   #182
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MAINE - born here and ill bee here till i find some place better (further north)
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Old September 29, 2012, 12:08 PM   #183
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lived on the island of puerto rico till i got drafted... ended up in alaska after orders to go to vietnam got cancel... so ended my military term of 23 months and 15 days or so, they shipped me back to the island to be discharged...spent a month in the island and came back up to alaska ...been here since 73... little town called north pole:-)
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Old September 29, 2012, 01:45 PM   #184
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Originally Posted by boricua View Post
lived on the island of puerto rico till i got drafted... ended up in alaska after orders to go to vietnam got cancel... so ended my military term of 23 months and 15 days or so, they shipped me back to the island to be discharged...spent a month in the island and came back up to alaska ...been here since 73... little town called north pole:-)
North Pole, Alaska. That is where would send the grand children's Christmas letters from Santa so they would have that North Pole post office postmark. I always enjoyed my trips to Alaska, been years but looking out an aircraft window was mesmerizing. Absolute splendid beauty.

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Old September 29, 2012, 05:13 PM   #185
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Originally Posted by TrailWolf View Post
Moved from Manhattan NYC to Scottsdale, AZ.

My wife's job offered her a hefty promotion if we relocated.

I miss the city at times, but overall could not be happier to be out of that area - much safer here and the GUN LAWS RULE!!! Day after I landed I got my AZ drivers license and my first Glock

We are also newly married and felt that AZ would be a much better environment to raise kids in than NYC.
Wow, that is a HUGE change!

Huge number of pluses and minuses living in NYC. Great jobs. Awesome schools from pre-school to post graduate school. The churches, the libraries, the museums, the different performing arts centers, the theaters, the sporting venues, the shopping, the food, the hospitals, etc. Taking a power-walk along Central Park is one of life's most wonderful freebies. It has even become quite safe to live in NYC. Amazing what 50-60K cops can do to a city

On the other hand rent/mortgages are oppressive and the general cost of living is higher than anywhere else in the USA with the possible exception of San Francisco.
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Old September 29, 2012, 07:15 PM   #186
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I was borne and raised in New Orleans and have lived here all of my life except for a brief period after Katrina. I went to Tulane and have worked here since. I have belonged to the same range since the 1970's.I still drink Dixie beer even though is has been made in Wisconsin since Katrina wiped out the brewery.

Home is where the heart is.

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Old September 30, 2012, 12:55 AM   #187
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I was born at Walter Reed Army Hosp. in DC and raised in Alexandria, VA. Went into the USAF through Ft Holabird in Baltimore, got my Degree from OSU at Corvallis OR then settled down in SD. We bought land N of Ft. Pierre SD and plan on building our retirement home where it overlooks the lake.

Why do I live here? I've toyed with moving to other places but, so far, SD still looks good to me.
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Old September 30, 2012, 01:47 AM   #188
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I grew up in S. Cal. Newport Beach to be more precise. Started getting more and more fed up with the Cali issues and when my wife wanted to go to Nevada to be near her Mom I jumped at the chance. Been here 10 years now and love it. Good firearms laws. Once outside the Vegas Valley it is pretty much open desert and mountains for the rest of the state.
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Old September 30, 2012, 03:13 AM   #189
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Born and raised in central IN and never knew how good I had it. Came to IL for college, met & married my wife, an IL resident, moved to IL when we got married.
I guess you could say I was heavily indoctrinated in gun culture 1.0 growing up, came into gun culture 2.0 after being married. Also began to pay attention to politics a bit more. That's when I realized how great IN really was.
My wife and I are both working on our grad degrees here in IL and as I type am in the hospital with our 2nd born Fri, but we both want to move back to IN.
I am not one of those who think the only solution is to get out of IL, I will fight for our rights while I'm here, but IN is still a much better state and I feel a better place to raise a family.
FWIW, her folks have been desperately wanting to move to IN as well.
Crazy comparing IN which is not in debt, very gun friendly, to IL which is corrupt, in the tank, and one of the most gun unfriendly states in the US. FOID card required to buy ammo and pellet guns? Absolutely ridiculous.
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Old October 5, 2012, 12:56 AM   #190
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FOID card to purchase a pellet gun? I had no idea it was that bad there.
"I've now been in 57 states, I think one left to go"
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Old October 5, 2012, 04:58 AM   #191
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Oh man, I lived around Heidelberg, Germany, on the economy for the first 17 years of my life, then we moved to NH for a bit. Northfield, to be exact, where I signed up for Active Duty with the USAF ... Moved first to Texas, then to ... Texas, then to DE.
From DE I moved back to NH for about a month when a friend of mine said that OR is the place to be. Haven't left OR with any intent to stay away since then.

I have been a lot of places, and if someone were to hold a gun to my head and had me pick a 50 mile radius for the rest of my life it'd be Lanzarote or Corvallis, OR.

Not because of firearms or because of politics, but because of the culture. I hate the hustle and bustle and the "keeping up with the Jones' crap." I think at times I make a truly terrible capitalist at heart. 8)

Right now I am applying for an Operations Officer job with the Virgin Islands National Guard. 8)
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Old October 6, 2012, 04:31 PM   #192
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Originally Posted by jim in Anchorage View Post
FOID card to purchase a pellet gun? I had no idea it was that bad there.
Not sure about things like a Daisy BB gun, but for a higher end break action pellet gun it is required.
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Old October 7, 2012, 12:03 AM   #193
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I live in northwest Arkansas. Spent some time in Annapolis and Hagerstown, MD, had my fill of D.C. and Baltimore. Full-circle. Good to be back.
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Old October 7, 2012, 12:07 AM   #194
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I live in SE KS in a county that has a total population of 2000. The largest town in the county has about 800 folks. I live at the south end of a town that has around 90 folks. Whatever gun laws there are in KS, we don't pay any attention to them here.
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Old October 7, 2012, 02:40 AM   #195
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there seems to be a lot of New Yorkers on here and we all want the same thing...to get the hell out lol.

I was born and raised in WNY Lyndonville to be exact its a small little town smack dab between Buffalo and Rochester and right on lake Ontario. I'v lived there my whole life worth the exception of college in CT and Deployments but I don't really count either as I ended up back in my home town where cows outnumber people 3 to 1. I married a girl from my home town we've been married for 4 years this month and have 2 little boys. I love the area for the fact I have some world class trout and salmon streams in my back yard Oak Orchard river and Johnsons creek, Big bodied and antlered deer from the miles and miles of corn and soybeans, lots of big coyotes and fox, and big bass for northern strain and big ole pike and walleye as well.

How ever there are no jobs what so ever here some how I made 12k a year support a wife and 2 kids cost me some of my guns and toys but mans gotta do what a mans gotta do. We plan on moving to Texas after I return stateside from this deployment been saving up with the goal of getting out of NY and down south or the mid west preferably Texas though. I would love to move to Alaska but I hate winter especially after being in this Persian gulf(Kuwait) heat for over a year and there's no bass fishing in Alaska.
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Old October 7, 2012, 07:51 AM   #196
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Moved back to where my parents grew up because the grandparents are getting older, and we are a tight family. Plus its nice to be in the country, and have a 100yd rifle range out the basement door for plinking, sighting in, working on new loads. And the neighbor is from DC and he has 200yd range. its also nice to walk out the back door and walk 1000ft to my ground blind for hunting. I love the woods.
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Old October 7, 2012, 08:50 AM   #197
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Motown. Why?
1) I grew up here.
2) My family is here
3) Some of the worlds best freshwater fishing is here.
4) I actually like it here. (Well the suburbs are cool. I work in the "D" and it is a crap hole, nothing like the city I grew up in in the 60's. & 70's))
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Old October 7, 2012, 01:08 PM   #198
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I live in TN because I like the South but I also enjoy the seasons. I came here for a job.
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Old October 7, 2012, 06:33 PM   #199
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I'm originally from Ohio but after 24 years service in the Army landed in Arizona. I don't always agree with the state government here, but I do love the gun laws. Been here 20 years now and doubt I'll move on. ~Craig
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Old October 7, 2012, 07:01 PM   #200
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I live in Texas ... Darn glad I do -

Why?? Not enough space to name all the good reasons.

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