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Crazy to carry in your own house?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Slimjim, Jun 24, 2004.

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  1. Majic

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    You got to go along with house rules, so if pops says no then the only other choice you have is to strike out on your own. Then you can make up your own rules.
    He who pays the bills, makes the rules.
     
  2. Norton

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    I don't carry at home, but there is always something close by just in case it's needed.
     
  3. Johnny Guest

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    Not crazy at all.

    I used to keep a gun in every room. Now I have a couple of grand daughters and don't want to have to make a sweep every time Elder Son brings 'em over. Now I keep my pocket revolver on my person and only need to put up one or two service pistols. :D

    Johnny
     
  4. CZ-100

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    Ok.. Did I miss something here?

    Is this your house? or is it your Dad's house and you are living with him?

    I have read the whole thread but did not see this answered.

    If this is your house? Tell your Dad TOO Bad...

    If this is your Dad's house and you are living with him, Well You need to suck if up and abide by his wishes and NOT do it.

    If this has already been answered I apologize
     
  5. Ol'Sarge2K

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    Sounds like your right thinking to me. If one makes the decision to carry, he should carry - 24/7.

    I'm at home, and I'm armed.
     
  6. WVleo

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    Hi, No problem Chris not taken as a flame . Arms reach works for us because I have " Gretchen " my german shorthair with us at all times who lets us know whats going on all the time . Just the amount of time I need to reach for the pistol and at night the flashlight . Very territorial this dog ,but your probally right I should carry more because when you need it most it's gotta be there . .......WVleo
     
  7. Billmanweh

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    I wouldn't say it's 'crazy', but it's not anything I would do
     
  8. Barbara

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    You betcha I do.
     
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  9. JohnKSa

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    Answering the door while carrying unconcealed.

    I carry strong side with the holster more toward the back than the front--(4 O'Clock?).

    I open the door and stand with my strong side angled slightly away from the door so the gun's not visible.

    If you aren't going to be dealing with a crowd, it's not at all difficult or awkward to keep an arm in the way, or the holster out of view by positioning your body properly.

    Play around for about 10 minutes in front of the mirror and you'll be an expert.
     
  10. Baba Louie

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    Dear Dad,

    So Sad
    You're Mad
    Thinking I'm Bad

    I Won't be Had
    By a Cad
    In my Pad
    Not Even a Tad
    In fact, I'm Glad

    Tell Ma I'm not Bad
    Nor am I Mad
    MY HOME IS MY PAD
    Dad

    (SlimJim it's too bad your name ain't SlimBrad):D
     
  11. P95Carry

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    John KSA has the idea with door answering ... plus .. my most usual ''trying not to scare the crap outa the folks'' deal is .... quickly untuck t-shirt if tucked in - and pull over the piece. It still prints a bit but - is not that obvious to casual observer.

    Saves any heart attacks on the porch!:D
     
  12. outofbattery

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    For me , carrying in the house would be the equivalent of wearing a life preserver to sleep on the off chance that it might flood . There's nothing but petty crime to speak of here , most people can't find my house with written directions and pictures , 2 English Mastiffs and a Boxer will greet you before you make it up to the deck to get into the house and most importantly I have much wealthier neighbors with far nicer things to steal so whatever crook would want to break in should be dumb enough to defeat with a well thrown shoe :D
    I don't see my home as my castle : it isn't a fortress and I don't take the attitude that it should be . If I lived in a city ( I WILL NOT ) or lived in an extremely rural area then I would probably see home defense differently but I still doubt I would wear a gun 24/7 .
     
  13. Momto4luvs

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    I carry around my house

    Especially when my husband is at work I will holster and carry my gun around the house. I keep my doors locked, but I just feel more secure with it on me. Also if it is on my person than the kids aren't in the other room trying to get it out of the safe (which they can't open, but still I just feel better when it is on me)
     
  14. Dienekes

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    442 in the side pocket. I plumb HATE surprises.
     
  15. 38SnubFan

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    Carry at home and open (while in the house)

    I carry my .38 snub-nose revolver in my pancake holster at 4:00 when in my home, and carry it open as I usually take my cover garment off when in the comfort of my own surroundings.

    As far as the LEO goes, I've never given one reason to knock on my door, but most of the local officers here know me and know I work in the same field as them, just a different (and usually harsher) jurisdiction. They also know I carry concealed and have a greater respect from them for doing so.

    As far as visitors go, those friends and family who visit me know I am almost ALWAYS armed. Anyone who comes into my home and is uncomfortable by the sight of my weapon on my hip is:

    A) someone I probably don't want in my home in the first place. In my town, where many of the townsfolk have a gun in the home or carry it (it used to be a law here that all homeowners had to be gun owners as well until the law was officially removed in 1995. I'm sure they stopped enforcing it long before that though), someone stopping by who is bothered by the presence of my weapon is someone I need to be suspicious about. :uhoh:

    B) more than welcome to turn around and go back out the door they came in. :neener:

    If however, you are in the home of another or a public establishment which strictly forbids you to carry a firearm (workplaces and some businesses), you have no choice but to respect their wishes. That is not only moral common sense, in some areas IT'S THE LAW!

    If your dad is giving you grief in your own dwelling, well then option B above should be made clear to him. If he persists that you not carry when he is in your home (I know, family comes first but..... :banghead: .....second to the way I live MY life in MY home) then (maybe more politely than this) simply say to him, ":cuss: " and any other choice words (PC or not PC) you can express yourself clearly with.

    Sorry, maybe that's a little harsh. If you ever met my family though, harsh is sometimes the only thing they tend to understand, since they speak it so well.

    -MW
     
  16. pax

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    No, it's not crazy to carry in your own house.

    There's a very disturbing transcript of a 911 call at http://www.tennessean.com/local/archives/04/06/53369300.shtml?Element_ID=53369300 .

    An enraged ex-husband broke into his ex-wife's house. Their two teenage kids were home with the woman. The woman grabbed the phone and hid in a closet, because she and her kids all thought the dad wouldn't hurt the kids. So they were telling him she wasn't there, while she was in the closet on the phone with 911. Apparently on the tape you can hear gunshots and screams.

    Saddest quote from the whole thing:
    So yeah, I carry in my own home. I never want to be cowering the closet of a back bedroom, murmuring, "I can't believe I forgot to get my gun..."

    pax
     
  17. 38SnubFan

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    Started the tears for me.

    Pax,

    I clicked on that link and as I imagined myself to be the dispatcher of that call, I felt my eyes water up pretty badly. I certainly hope I will never have to bear witness to that kind of incident and not be there to help end the attack, let alone be the victim of such an incident.

    Anyways, from what I can tell one of the children attempted to use the mother's gun to defend her and themselves and stop this crazed psychopath from doing any more damage. I certainly hope that my children would do the same for me, although I always keep my gun on my hip unless I'm in my bed (in which case it's at arm's length under the bed).

    After reading this, I've decided that when I have children and they are old enough to learn to shoot a gun for the purposes of saving a life, they will not only be going to the shooting range with me, they will be joining me at a defensive training center so they too can learn the same tactics and techniques I've learned to keep myself and others safe.

    My sympathies for the daughter who was mercilessly killed, and my deepest prayers to the other victims, family and friends.

    -MW
     
  18. Lagadelphia

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    As posted already in this thread, I carry at home more often then not. I have two kids ages 5 and 3 so the best place for a loaded, accessable firearm is on my hip where I have control over it at all times.
     
  19. manyironsinfire

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    I live in a rural lakeside community on a dead end road. I crry all day every day! They'res four legged as well as two legged animals out there and I too don't like surprises.:eek:
     
  20. RevDisk

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    One night, I noticed a rather nice sports car with very tinted windows pull up outside my apartment. Now this is 1:30 or 2 in the morning just outside a city with a fair sized criminal element. Two guys step out of the car wearing fairly grungy baggy clothing. Lots of chains, bandana around one of the kid's head, etc. Hey, to each their own, I didn't pay much attention to them.

    Then about 15 seconds later, I hear my doorknob rattle. As I'm picking up my Mossberg 500, they did knock on the door. Didn't use the buzzer, they knocked. I go down to open the door. Thankfully I keep blinds over the glass on the door. Open it a big, wedge my foot in case they try to kick it open, with the Mossberg hidden behind the door.

    They then proceed to ask about a girl that used to live here. When she didn't live here anymore, they seemed slightly aggitated and asked for my roommate. I close the door, get my roommate. He gives me the all clear when he recognizes them.

    Moral of the story. If you're going to dress in a manner that might give rise of the question of one's intentions, don't proceed to try to walk into someone else's place at 2 am.

    Am I glad everything worked out as it did? Sure am. But I still answer the door in the same manner every time. Usually I keep whatever weapon concealed unless it's past 10pm. After that, I keep it behind the door when I'm answering. Paranoid? Maybe.
     
  21. Mannlicher

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    are you old enough to own guns? If so, why are you living in your parents house? When my kids did not like the house rules, they were free to move out.
     
  22. Moparmike

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    I cant carry in my house. I only own one handgun, and its not the most reliable one in the world. Even if it was, its hard to keep sweatpants up with a 3lb gun in the pocket. ;)


    I keep a loaded 12ga next to my bed though, and all our doors have windows at head level to see who it is. I have a 6ft thick wall (with a water heater and furnace inside of it) to shield me while I peer around the corner to the front door. Its a 15ft dash to the shottie while it is a 25ft dash to that wall from the front door, and they have to get the front door open first.
     
  23. MAClarkWA

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    I use to think along the lines of your father, when I was at home, my guns were locked up and stored away. That was until a few years ago when my neighboor a few doors down was robbed in the middle of the afternoon, at knife point. The guy was looking for prescription drugs.
    I have since moved away from there, but now when ever I am home my Kimber 10mm is always within arms reach, winchester silvertips and all.
     
  24. XLMiguel

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    Don't always 'carry' at home, do always have something within reach. I always have a knife on me

    It was an incident a few years back when a couple of stoners faked car trouble midday in front of my house (I work out of the house) and tried to push their way in when I wouldn'tl et them in to use the phone. It wasn't a contest (I had atleast 100# on the lead guy) but I did decide I was too old to be dancing with fools and went out and bought my first handgun (SIG 228) that weekend. Now I always answer the door with something in hand or tucked behind my rt hip.

    Added bonus is that the proseletizers (and solicitor that can't read) accept the first "no thank you":D
     
  25. 45 ACP

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    For the benefit of those who live in California:

    You can open-carry inside your own home. You can have a gun in each room (I do). You can have a gun on the coffee and kitchen table (I usually do, as they both double as workbenches)

    Heck, you can have gun-on-a-rope in the shower. Just make sure it's stainless so it won't rust....

    However, you CANNOT legally have a loaded firearm in plain sight of a public road, public place or public highway. Shooting ranges are of course exempt, and no your house doesn't count as a shooting range. (For those of you for whom it does, I am quite jealous....)

    Technically, if you answer your front door with a gun in plain view from a public road, public place or public highway, you just broke the law.

    My front door directly faces the sidewalk and street. Guess what? I don't let the person at the front door see my gun. Wearing baggy T-shirts around the house is a comfort and practical matter....
     
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