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Back in October, I completed a(nother) gun safety course online while attending a course in Las Vegas on designing electrical distribution power lines. Yes - I multi-task, and I won a bit in poker while I was there, too.
Anyway, having passed that trivial class, I printed the certificate, spent a couple hours at the local jail watching a deputy try over and over again to get a decent set of fingerprints on a card for me (they really should train these guys a little), then sent the whole mess with my application to the Arizona Department of Public Safety to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Arizona is a "must issue" state, that is, unless they can find a legal reason to deny a permit, they are required to issue it. There are a number of things that are legitimate reasons for denial, but I've committed none of them in my life. The law allows them 60 working days for the background check, then 15 days to either issue or deny a permit, and a denial is allowed to be appealed.
Since tomorrow (Friday) is, by my count, the 60th working day and I've heard nothing, I was getting nervous last weekend. Most people I know who have permits got them in 3 weeks, as I did twenty years ago when I got my first one. So I called last Friday about it, and was told that my application had been pulled for additional background checks, and that I should call back in two months!
On the weekend I did some checking and discovered that nowhere in the statutes are they given any right to delay approval or extend the background checking period, so I emailed them and challenged this bull. Okay, writing to the State Police and threatening them with prosecution is probably not the smartest thing to do, but it was late on a Saturday night, and there might have been some liquid courage involved, and email is a medium which confers false security for some. Needless to say, I fully expected to be arrested and carried off in chains from work on Monday, never to be seen again. Instead, nothing happened.
Much to my surprise, yesterday I found an email reply from AZ DPS that said, "Your background check is approved. The permit will be printed and mailed tomorrow, Jan 16."
Others I know are still being stonewalled, and they're being told that the backlog extends to applications received clear back into July 2013. Should I suggest to them to try the email route, or just let them figure out their own way?
Nah, I think the cops are starting to feel unneeded, since more violent crimes are prevented by concealed weapon carriers than police. Cops are really good at solving crimes, but rarely prevent a crime from being committed. One of the best things about living in Arizona is that the bad guys never know when the little old lady they intend to mug might be packing. That keeps our crime rates low, and makes the disarmed bastards in the Peoples' Republic of California a lot more attractive targets. They're not allowed to shoot back, or even resist. Poor slaves...
You're saying that this happens without people getting hurt ?
More than a million violent crimes a year are documented as having been prevented by the victim either displaying or drawing a weapon. That is something that CNN and the rest of the Liberal media will never let you see. The number of people who are actually harmed by a firearm is far lower, but you'll never learn that unless you dig deeply into records that are never publicized. In an ideal world, no one would be armed. But in the real world, bad guys usually are, and passing laws against decent citizens having guns only makes their workplace a lot safer. Only the law abiding will obey gun laws, and they will become, by definition, defenseless victims. I don't like the violent, fearful place that my country has become, but that is entirely because of the successful efforts of Liberals to disarm decent people. An armed society is a polite society, and nothing will ever change that rather simple fact. I carry a gun, and it would never occur to me - even in anger - to draw and fire it, unless my life was threatened. Whether you believe it or not, and I don't blame you if you don't given the crap you've seen broadcast by the media, most gun owners in this country feel the same. We don't wish to cause trouble, we just want to be in a position to stop it, if trouble should happen to occur. Police are great people, for the most part, but they don't prevent crimes from happening - armed citizens do. Police are great for finding the bad guys that got away, and that's an awesome skill. But it doesn't help much when some crack-head is holding a knife in front of your face and demanding your wallet or your life. I have a license that gives me the right to have a weapon on my hip that trumps his knife, and I'm allowed to use it if my life is threatened. I think that's a good thing.
The issue is a society awash with 'legal' guns, which makes it easy for criminals to get them. If my home in Australia was invaded, I'd grab an axe and take them on. In the USA, I'd assume they had a gun and hide under my bed.
I agree. The sheer idiocy of thinking that gun ownership is some sort of check on the government, is depressing in a people who show other signs of being intelligent. It's essentially a religion, something otherwise rational people believe blindly.