We have places here with very similar to Canadian firearm laws. New Jersey, New York, Maryland and California. Recently in NJ a 7y.o. boy was arrested, yes, arrested, for a Nerf gun. A bb gun or slingshot can get you up to 3 years in prison in NJ. While I can easily agree that if ill intent is used with such items prison is the place for you, proper use is as dangerous as eating ice cream. So as you see, not all is well in the Land of the Free. I carry 24/7 anywhere I am legally allowed to. The main exeptions are schools, courthouses and any private property/business that posts no firearms.
Lack of legal carry has done wonders for NJ. It now boasts the highest murder rate with Camdem. I can't figure out why....I suspect the criminals may not have gotten the memo that guns are illegal in NJ. What I carry everyday will get me 8 years in NJ. 3 for the gun, one year each for the hollow points. But back home here in PA I can open carry if I so choose...without a license. To conceal I must obtain a LTCF (Lisence To Carry Firearms)which is a simple process. Go to the local Sheriff, fill out the form, pay $46, get the card. Last time was 20 minutes. That one was for my daughter, mine took less. No restrictions on what you can carry, from an M4 to a single shot .22Short.
I've added Canada to my prayers, I hope you can regain your ability to defend yourselves with the best means possible. Self defense is a natural right that your government has taken away from you, keep fighting. If any of you ever get down near Philadelphia drop me a note. I'll get you over to my local gun club for a day of unhindered range time. Hell, I'll have a dozen loaded handguns, a few rifles and shotguns in the car with 1000's of rounds and we'll be as legal as if we just picked up lunch at Tim Horton's! Actually, the handguns will be unloaded, but with an LTCF I can transport them loaded if I wish. The only loaded one will be in my pocket.
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