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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by CityOfChicago, Aug 28, 2004.

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  1. CityOfChicago

    CityOfChicago Member

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    Wanted to take a moment to introduce myself here. Live in Chicago, been shooting since dad put his 1911 in my hand when I was 8. Relatively new to this site, and will probably read more than I talk. If you get a chance, take a look at my thread in the Trading Post (Someone buy my Para please!).

    Thanks for the great resource and free knowledge

    JB
     
  2. ACP230

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    We had visitors from The People's Republic Of Illinois this weekend.
    They don't shoot and have been in Chicago so long that stuff that would send me right up the wall seems normal to them.

    I don't see how shooters can stand to live in Daleyville.
     
  3. jobu07

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    Welcome to THR! You'll find that this place is a plethora of knowledge. It contains anytrhing you've ever wanted to know about firearms, and probably some things you didn't. Enjoy your stay :)
     
  4. horge

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    ACP230 :)
    Yes, the current animosity of Chicagoland law against firearms use is regrettable.
    I've been in Chi-town many times, sometimes staying for months on end.
    Just to counter-weight your understandable position...

    There's more to a city than its regulatory attitude towards firearms. Chicago is in my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. There is a surplus of good living, great libraries and museums, incredible food, the best skyline in the world, and a multiculturalism that DOESN'T dumb-down to the lowest common denominator. Unlike other poster cities in Europe and Asia that I've been to, Chicago remains accessible both physically and well, emotionally: Chicagoans as a people are genuinely friendly.

    There's more to a shooter than a passion for firearms and shooting.
    Fathers, mothers, teachers, health workers, athletes, typists ---you name it. Firearms owners span a fair breadth of our societies' spectra, and for each peson there are many other interests and considerations besides firearms-rights that Chicago serves, and serves very well indeed.

    If Chicagoland were to be one day emancipated ---its peaceful, hardworking residents fully allowed your Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear, what a city of the people it could be, and a monument to respecting common sense, friendliness and decency.


    Cheers!
    :)
    horge
     
  5. Atticus

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    Welcome. When I read your post, I thought that Daly might be suing to close this site LOL - us being a bad influence on the Chi-town Crips and Bloods.. ya know wut ahm sayin. Good luck selling your Para.
     
  6. Lt. G

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    Welcome! You'll find a lot of really great people here.
    Cheers, Lt. G
     
  7. 22/22mag

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    Hello City Of Chicago I lived in Chicago in my early teens, the Summerdale police ( north side) would pick up us kids up for curfew and search us and keep whatever money cards or other things they wanted. I understand that owenership of handguns is a not permited.Is that correct? If so the only people with guns are the police and the gangbangers.Glad I now live in Oregon.Was in a local Radio shack that also sells guns and asked about a handgun and 3 off the customers pulled out their guns to show me the pros and cons of their different models.This wasn't a show off thing each fellow was instrested in the others guns.three of us were in our 50s and none of us offered or would let anyone handle our guns.Fingers off of the trigger of course an the talk would turn to hunting as allways.
    Very easy to get a carry permit in Oregon.
     
  8. CityOfChicago

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    Sadly, it is correct - you cannot own a handgun in the city of Chi. I grew up East of Los Angeles (my father was stationed at MCAS El Toro before retiring and taking on carreer #2 with the San Bernardino Co SO), and I moved to the Chicago burbs in '99. Now living in the city, my weaps have to live with a buddy still in the burbs. It sucks mightily, but despite Hiz Honer and the pointless and completely ineffective gun laws, Chicago is the greatest city I have ever been to. That's why I moved here. Much fun for a guy my age (28). And if the next couple of months go my way, I will be legally carrying in the city - as a recruit for the CPD. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

    JB
     
  9. Mike Hull

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    Welcome! Enjoy!
     
  10. El Tejon

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    Survivor of Daleyland '92-'95, did not follow his gun laws.

    Welcome to THR!:)
     
  11. Edmond

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    :D :D :D

    The great city of Chicago; where only the police and the criminals have guns!:rolleyes:
     
  12. Ala Dan

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    Welcome Aboard From the Heart Of Old Dixie :D

    Enjoy,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
     
  13. 44Brent

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    CityOfChicago, welcome to the place where only cops and criminals have guns. You might want to study up on the following 39 page document so that you can start arresting people when you get your badge:
    Chicago Ordinances

    Lots of good things for cops, such as the ability to seize and impound peoples' vehicles for offenses such as possession of laser sighting devices.
     
  14. HankB

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    I was born and raised in Chicago, living there until I completed grad school and went out into "the real world."

    I remember good museums, hockey games where you could just about count on seeing a good brawl, good ballparks in the open air (no stinking domes!) with not-so-good teams, good beer, and good food, from great pizza to breaded pork tenderloin.

    I remember neigborhoods separated by fairly sharp dividing lines, where if you were the wrong color you didn't dare go anytime, especially at night.

    I remember snowplows parked in front of taverns while snow drifts made most of the streets impassable . . .

    I remember gun laws being extremely strict . . . and almost universally ignored. :evil:

    I haven't been back there recently, but several years ago my old stomping grounds were starting to look like Little Mexico, and the rest of the city gave me a distinct impression of, well, dirt.

    Family and friends have all moved out to the suburbs, so I guess they saw the same things.
     
  15. Bainx

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    Welcome aboard.
    Let me know if you need help in planning your escape! ;)
    Just kidding
    I was in WindyCity when the downtown got flooded [1995?]. You could take the EL only so far then, buses. Only, they did not have enough to suffice. Being a civil engineer, I marveled at the size of the subway system and the complexity of the downtown network. We had a hard time getting a bus back to the airport that night.
    Some contractor drilled into the Chicago River underground and flooded the entire downtown, no fooling! I can still picture the TV news reports of them dumping stone and concrete by the truckload in an attempt to plug the hole. Lights were out but, plenty of LEOs on every corner to ensure nothing went down.
    I was never so glad to see so many police.
     
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    Welcome. I used to live in a pretty rough part of Chicago; more than once I slept on the floor to lessen the risk of being hit by stray gunfire (one of my windows had a bullet hole).

    But hey, what do you expect for $50 a month?
     
  18. Top_Notch

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    Chicago may be the "Second City", but it's number one in my heart.

    I was born and raised there, now living in the NW suburbs.

    Chicago is a great place, unfortunately Heir Daley runs the city and the Dems are constantly tugging at my firearms.

    Anyway, you didn't say where in Chicago you are from (It's a big place you know), but I'll give you a hint of where I grew up. South Side!
     
  19. Rickstir

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    How about them Cubs?
     
  20. Bix

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    Welcome to THR, COC.

    I am a neighbor. Let me offer three points:

    First, one need not remained completely unarmed to comply with the City's municipal ordinances. The city will (grudgingly) issue permits for a variety of long guns. If HD/CD is a concern, I would submit that one can be quite well prepared with a pump action shotgun and/or lever action carbine (and a good bit of training and triggertime with both). Perhaps not the ideal personal defense battery, but my point is that you need not remain unarmed (Note also that the city code only applies to firearms within the city. One could conceivably store nonconforming guns outside the city limits).

    Second, there are a number of excellent shooting opportunities in our area (if you don't mind a little drive). If recreational shooting is your gig, there are many indoor and outdoor ranges within an hour or so of the city (including sporiting clays and rifle ranges out to 600 yards). If you are into competition, you could shoot just about every weekend if you wanted (from trap leagues to highpower to cowboy action to IDPA). Additionally, (arguably) some of the best training in the country is available within a two hour drive of the city (Ayoob, Farnam, Hackathorn, Gunsite offsite classes, etc.)

    Finally, Chicago is a good city. I like it :)

    -Shoot me a PM if you want specific details on anything I mentioned
     
  21. XLMiguel

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    Welcome CoC. I worked in Chicago (lived in Schaumburg) for 5 years in the mid-70's. It is indeed, a great town, but I'm a Southern boy, and I gotta say, the winters there are semi-tough and the sailing/motorcycle season is too short, so I came back to VA, where winter is mostly an inconvenience.:D

    Enjoy!
     
  22. Bix

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    Welcome to THR, COC.

    I am a neighbor. Let me offer three points:

    First, one need not remained completely unarmed to comply with the City's municipal ordinances. The city will (grudgingly) issue permits for a variety of long guns. If HD/CD is a concern, I would submit that one can be quite well prepared with a pump action shotgun and/or lever action carbine (and a good bit of training and triggertime with both). Perhaps not the ideal personal defense battery, but my point is that you need not remain unarmed (Note also that the city code only applies to firearms within the city. One could conceivably store nonconforming guns outside the city limits).

    Second, there are a number of excellent shooting opportunities in our area (if you don't mind a little drive). If recreational shooting is your gig, there are many indoor and outdoor ranges within an hour or so of the city (including sporiting clays and rifle ranges out to 600 yards). If you are into competition, you could shoot just about every weekend if you wanted (from trap leagues to highpower to cowboy action to IDPA). Additionally, (arguably) some of the best training in the country is available within a two hour drive of the city (Ayoob, Farnam, Hackathorn, Gunsite offsite classes, etc.)

    Finally, Chicago is a good city. I like it :)

    -Shoot me a PM if you want specific details on anything I mentioned
     
  23. whm1974

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    Laser sights are illegal in Chicago? I'm glad I don't live in Chicago...

    -Bill
     
  24. Heraclitus

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    Welcome aboard, COC. Born there myself and raised in the burbs. It's a great place to be for any reason other than to excercise one's RKBA. I just hope I live to see the day.
     
  25. Gameface

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    Welcome,
    I spent a little time in Chicago a few years ago. Great city with lots of culture. Too bad about the gun laws.

    Gameface
     
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