Thread: US Gun Laws..
11/25/2006 1:20pm, #1
US Gun Laws..
Not being conversant with state laws for the US, am I right to assume that it is a constitutional right of American citizens to bear arms outside of LEA and the Military ?
If that is the case
Do you guys feel that gun related crime is made easier to perpetrate or, given that a criminal knows that anyone may own/use a firearm, does that have a sort of equalising effect against the advantages of using a firearm in criminal acts ?
Also may I ask, do you guys have "justifiable homicide" ? If so, what constitutes the act of justifiable homicide?
Thanks in advance"To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men".
11/25/2006 1:55pm, #2Originally Posted by Dave Humm
I hear legends of justifiable homicide ... but know nothing of the reality of it .
11/25/2006 2:42pm, #3
Just for clarification, I'm not asking those questions to sound off on US gun laws or in any way be a total arse on the subject; I recently read the 7.62x39 varmin thread and wondered about the laws of owning such a firearm and, discharging said weapon in a public environment, additionally the laws surrounding perhaps the use of this form of weapon in a "justifiable" situation."To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men".
11/25/2006 2:58pm, #4
- in the US, we try not to let our fears overrule our freedoms.
- the foundation of my house is worth a lot more than the life of a rodent.
- my 1/2 acre isn't a "public environment".
- it was technically illegal to do so, but given my extensive experience with firearms safety and the fact that the city wouldn't come take care of the damn thing, I dealt with the problem myself.
It's a lesson England forgot apparently; individual freedoms are more valuable than the temporary safety provided by restricting them under the guise of "the public good".
11/25/2006 3:00pm, #5Originally Posted by Dave Humm
I can tell you gun laws and laws governing their use vary some state to state . Sometimes it varies drasticly .
11/25/2006 3:17pm, #6Originally Posted by Phrost"To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men".
11/25/2006 3:51pm, #7
Laws vary from state to state but on the federal level a US citizen with no felonies on their criminal record can buy pretty much any firearm or firearm accessory they like.
Some being harder to come by and more restricted (thus more expensive) then others. On the high end you can own things like sub-machine guns, heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, silencers, "sawn off" shotguns etc...But those types of weapons require extensive paperwork.
On a more practical level you can buy pretty much any non-automatic .50 cal or less, weapon you want, with a minimum of hassel and paperwork.
Justifiable homicide varies from state to state on what warrents it.
On the extreme sides, some states require that you do all you can to retreat before defending yourself, on the other hand in Texas if you walk outside and the repo-man is trying to tow your car then you can shoot him as texas allows, or at least did allow, for lethal force protection of property.
11/25/2006 4:14pm, #8
Cheers.. thanks for the info."To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men".
11/25/2006 4:15pm, #9
Why can they shoot Repo man though? That shouldnt be allowed. I used to repo cars in NYC and the surrounding areas. The cars I was taking arent owned by the person, its owned by the bank which takes payments from the person for the car. So how is it legally ok to shoot the repo man, because the bank is actually protecting its property. Follow that?
11/25/2006 5:48pm, #10
Don't know how it's ok, just know that there is a precendent for it.