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Decision - go to D.C. or wait?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by .cheese., Jul 9, 2008.

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  1. .cheese.

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    I just was notified that I have been taken off the wait-list for a top 50 law school in D.C.

    On the other hand, I also have just recently retaken the LSAT and got a high enough score that if I reapply next year, many schools from T20-T50 will be fair game and possibly even some within T20.

    D.C. still is horrible as to gun laws and has high crime. No CCW.

    I have been saying that guns wouldn't be a primary consideration of law school, but in D.C. where crime is so high, it enters my mind. Not being a permanent resident might even disqualify me to have anything, revolver or otherwise.

    I have 24 hours to accept or decline. What would you do if you were me. Wait a year and reapply, or go to D.C. and pray that A) I do not become a victim of a crime and B) That I can get out of D.C. and practice in either Virginia or Penn?

    I was not expecting this decision to come up. With the Heller win, you'd think things would be getting better, but I doubt there will be much improvement.
     
  2. Iheartguns

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    I say go to school. Crime in MOST of DC isn't that bad... SE is another story.

    You can also live in Arlington, VA and keep all the guns you want!
     
  3. hso

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    Your life should not revolve around guns.

    Pick the best school you can excel in and stick to your studies.
     
  4. Robusto

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    GO to DC

    Accept their offer. You can always change your mind later.
     
  5. Chipperman

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    Just go to skool now.

    Even if you wait, you still won't be able to CCW. If you are just worrying about HD, you can get a shotgun even if you can't get a handgun. The mandatory unloaded/locked was a bigger issue for home defense.
     
  6. ScottyT

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    Go for it! Live in Arlington.
     
  7. Novus Collectus

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    DC is a may issue area for handgun permits. This may change if they are not real careful how they change their laws in the coming weeks because part of the SC decision is DC MUST issue a carry permit to Heller for carry in his home, but the only permit there is currently on the books is the handgun carry permit for in public too.

    If you are going to a law school in DC, then it is likely in NW Washington. Most of NW Washington is not bad for violent crime, but it does happen, just not as much.

    As far as residency goes, I see nothing in DC code that requires you to be a resident in order to register a handgun (or any gun for that matter). The sergeant at the firearms registration section is supposed to get back to me on if there is a residency requirement.

    You can have residency in more than one state by the way.
     
  8. jnyork

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    Opportunity is knocking. Get off the couch and go to the door!!;)
     
  9. ilbob

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    If you want to go to this particular school, don't let the gun issue scare you away.
     
  10. .cheese.

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    I called up a bunch of people including my old pre-law college advisor.

    Everybody is telling me that to turn down this school would be a huge mistake, and my brother reminded me of just how bored I am right now.

    The law school called a few minutes ago to ask if I am in. I said yes.

    Looks like I'm going to D.C. unless I want to forfeit my deposit.

    I better get my butt on a plane and figure out where I'm going to live because I only have a few weeks more or less.
     
  11. kingpin008

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    +1.
     
  12. S4Lee

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    Maybe check the bulletin board at the NRA range to see if someone has an apt to rent?

    At least then you know you won't get hassled by the landlord. ;)
     
  13. Prince Yamato

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    Pick the best school.

    You could always live in VA as well and commute. Also, don't discount getting a DC driver's license, and then you have an excuse to get a brand new revolver.

    Consider this too: maybe while you're in DC, they'll overturn the machinegun ban... how exciting would that be? You'll also be in a better position to attend pro-2A rallies. You are theoretically in a position to meet pro-2A congressmen in person. You'll be within shouting distance to publicly boo the speaker of the house.

    It all sounds pretty exciting to me :).
     
  14. Cougfan2

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    Go to school, period. Get a good education and after you pass the bar, move to a free state.
     
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    Go to Law School your timing ought to be just about perfect on being able to transfer a gun into the District. Try working with Federalist Society Lawyers on the permit. They are always willing to help law students & they are usually very successful hiring partner types that will happy to offer you a job next year if they know you and how you worked on through these issues. ;)
     
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    parts ofse aren't that bad
    i am inthe process of remodeling a small building at 1806 c st 100 yards to metro 825 a month for a 1 bedroom with an enclosed sleeping porch that setrves as second bedroom
     
  18. .cheese.

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    I said yes over the phone earlier, but it looks like I'm not going to be able to seal the deal and do it. Verbal contract not binding as per statute of frauds $500 rule anyways.

    I'd have only a few weeks to move to D.C., find a place to live, furnish it, do the summer reading, and get started. After talking about it with friends and family, we tend to be thinking that it would be too rushed to be practical.

    So, I'll reapply for next year. Oh well. :(

    I'll sleep on it and see what I think in the morning.
     
  19. Blackbeard

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    Go to school. Don't make major life decisions based on guns. I survived 4 years in Baltimore unarmed -- you can survive 3 in DC.

    Besides, if you graduate from a top 50 law school maybe you can help change the laws there.
     
  20. W.E.G.

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    Your school is less than 5 miles from Virginia.

    You don't have to LIVE in DC.

    Last I checked, law students don't live in dorms on campus.
     
  21. soccergod04

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    Live in Northern VA if possible. If not, just stay out of SE/Anacostia.
     
  22. JoeSlomo

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    I would NOT want to go to school in D.C.

    Top 50 law schools...Phhhffftttt....

    You will be just as successful in your endeavors by attending a school in a nice area as you would by attending one in the urban chaos that is D.C..

    Good luck regardless.
     
  23. drinkoj

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    Do it, become a resident in that place, and make your voice heard! Good luck and congrats.
     
  24. XD Fan

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    Congratulations, .cheese.!
     
  25. jakemccoy

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    DC is one of the best places to go to school. The learning opportunities outside the classroom are endless. I enjoyed law school and DC without owning a firearm. I designated no parts of the city to be off limits (during the day). I lived in NE near the Capitol building. A lot of staffers live there. I intentionally wanted to live inside DC and not in some upscale Georgetown neighborhood either. Most mornings, I jogged around the mall and sometimes as far as the Washington Monument - a new experience everyday.
     
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