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How many actually carry after permit arrives?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Mousegun, Sep 18, 2009.

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  1. Mousegun

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    In the last year or so there has been a tremendous increase in carry permits issued throughout the country. I have yet to figure out why:evil: but that seems to be the trend.

    I have personally trained and instructed about 10 people (friends) after they came to me and asked for assistance in obtaining their permit. I took time and was extremely careful to give them as much proper information as I could and emphasized the awesome responsibility they were undertaking.

    Of the 10, only one actually carries on a regular basis. The others have their firearm taking up space in a drawer and here in Tennessee, when we got restaurant that serves alcohol carry (if the carrier is not doing ANY drinking as it should be), a good 7 of the 10 are opposed to that law.

    Please don't flame me by saying my training was lacking, it wasn't, but how many of you know a good number of either new or seasoned carry permit holders that just don't, for the most part, take it along.

    I got the feeling that a lot of people got their permit because they thought it may not be possible to get at some near time in the future and not because they chose to become the master of their own self protection.

    Thoughts???
     
  2. HardShell

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    I got my permit 25 years ago and still carry every day. YMMV.


    But, I must admit, I've known a lot of people over the years who carried at first and slacked off with time... probably a pretty common thing.
     
  3. Gamera

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    Someone in my family has a carry permit, but he never carries. He "just thought it would be a good thing to have". I, on the other hand, carry as much as possible.
     
  4. Erik M

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    KY law allows you to carry in the glovebox of your vehicle without a permit. Now that I have my cdwl I keep a weapon on my person the majority of the time.
     
  5. HK G3

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    I tend to OC way more than CC even after I got my permit.

    The main thing I use the permit for is with my car, where I'll stick the gun in the center console while driving.

    We just passed restaurant/bar carry, so I'm probably going to start CCing a lot more on the 30th and onward.
     
  6. sherman123

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    I've carried every day since my permit arrived in the mail almost two years now.
     
  7. Geno
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    24/7 where lawful.
     
  8. ejfalvo

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    I carry every time I leave the house, either the XD 40 Subcompact or the LCP.
     
  9. ColtraneM3

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    When I get mine, I plan to carry all the time. I don't see any reason not to, in fact, it almost seems silly not to.
     
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    24/7 where lawful,for the last 21 years.
     
  11. 1911swacp

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    The first couple of year I did not carry all the time. Till I found a holster that work for me and my 1911. Now I carry any time I have pants on.
     
  12. HexHead

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    Well, my wife for one. She just doesn't feel comfortable carrying yet. I have to admit, when I first got my permit 9 years ago, I was slow to carry on a regular basis. Her reasoning, is when she's not at work, she's with me generally and I'm carrying, so she feels safe. And she can't carry at work.

    One of the reasons she got her permit, was a couple of years ago I got hurt in another state and had to be hospitalized and then flown home. She had to fly to where I was and drive my car with my pistol in it home. In a similar scenario again, at least she'd be legal.
     
  13. Avenger29

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    I carry when legal. Unfortunately, I spend a lot of my time at my university or at work, and carrying at either is a felony.
     
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    I'm like Geno. Just not when I'm sleeping.

    Personally, I ascribe the vastly-increased permit phenomena to an awakening, of sorts, by that segment of the general public who are neither 'gunnies' nor tremendously committed to self-defense, but who have finally understood they may well be responsible for their own safety--particularly in these troubled economic times.

    Further, they may or not be "liberal," but they probably identify the Democrat Party as the ones of registration, gun control, and possible confiscation. Add all this up--and you have an awful lot of people thinking they can get in before the lock, so to speak.

    Do any of these characteristics sound like your students, Mousegun?

    And I note that, in your post, you chose to emphasize that "awesome responsibility" for carry-ers. Overemphasizing that may well have deterred some, if that is what you really did.

    Jim H.
     
  15. zombienerd

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    I'd say 24/7 since I got my permit, but I leave the country a lot.. I also sleep.

    But when I'm the US... it's always on me where lawful.
     
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    I don't carry every day (work prohibits it), but unless I'm at work, there's a firearm in close proximaty...including the rides to and from work.
     
  17. THE DARK KNIGHT

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    Here, tell me which problem you'd rather have:

    Tennesse: Lots of people getting gun permits but not really carrying often.

    NJ: Lots of people being completely opposed to guns and horrified at the suggestion of someone besides a cop carrying a gun.
     
  18. Mousegun

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    Ack-chew-a-lee I had both problems. I lived in PRNJ for 25 years before moving to Tennessee. I found that problems are relative in that when in N.J. I accepted most people being opposed to guns as a way of life there even though I belonged to an active club and was around gun owners a lot.

    Here in Tennessee where gun ownership is more accepted there are still a lot of northerners that have moved to my area and I sometimes feel that I did better in N.J. after talking to them. We here still have quite a way to go when it comes to our gun laws. There are many places we can't carry. All it takes is a sign and if caught it is a fine and possible jail time. In many other southern states the sign doesn't hold any weight unless you refuse when asked to leave a premises.
     
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    It was not overemphasized but it was stated and if that was the deterring factor then I can't honestly believe that the person hearing the statement is ready for carrying.

    Thinking of carrying a weapon as an "awesome responsibility" is just one way of separating a truly responsible person from one that someday may make it bad for all of us. There are of course, many others.

    I do understand your point and it is well taken. If the statement was beat to death it could have its consequences.
     
  20. trigun87

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    Got my permit in august and have carried every day. With the lcp and the g26, no reason not to.
     
  21. mcdonl

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    Everyday everywhere I can.
     
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    When I acquired my most recent series of VA CHPs I rarely carried (I have been licensed in the Commonwealth, on & off, since the '70s so I was not new to the "priviledge"). My original intention was to be legal whenever I felt the need to carry and also cover my glovebox pistols.

    Since then, social conditions seem to have gotten worse in the greater NVA area, so I started to carry all of the time. It helped that I discovered a great little carry pistol (Kel-Tec PF9) that nicely in the back pocket of my 501s. :)
     
  23. Tamlin

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    Got mine in early 2001 (pre-9/11) in AZ and carried about 50% of the time. Now I live in CA and can't get a permit - ^&#$@!!!!
     
  24. MountainBear

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    First time I got my permit, I carried when I felt like it. Always on road trips and things like that, but it wasn't part of my everyday habit. Then I moved and let it expire. I just renewed it earlier this year and have since started packing every day.

    I suppose this is due to a couple of factors. First is that I didn't have a gun and holster combination that was comfortable to wear all the time (this has since been rectified). Second, I just didn't see the need. Lately with all the shootings and other vile happenings in very public places, I just feel better. Better to have it an not need it then need it and not have it I suppose.
     
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    I got my Ohio CHL and carried the very next day.

    I carry nearly every day, and carry everywhere it's legal to do so.

    I got my CHL because NOBODY is going to "protect" me, but ME. Anybody who claims otherwise is a liar, and if I believed them, I'd be a fool.
     
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