Now, after reading every post... I understand why I can't lawfully take an uncased firearm out of my home, and can't take it out of the case until I'm on the range or in the field. Firearm owning blissninnies It also explains why the SWAT teams are called when someone is so non-politically-correct as to show his rifle to a friend in his living room, and leave his window uncovered so a passerby can see it. And yes, even here in Canada, 30 years ago it was no big deal to sit on the porch and clean rifles, shotguns, handguns, or sub-guns as the neighbors passed by. Our bill of rights also includes language that should protect our right to self-defence. Unfortunately, that and the 2A are only as good as the effort we put into defending our rights. Compromising your rights is as dangerous as compromising your morals. Don't do it.