Saturday, March 28, 2009

The NRA's Newest Member...Me

If you want to own a firearm and you live outside of California, consider yourself lucky. This state puts a lot of small barriers that you have to hurdle in order to exercise your 2nd Amendment right. Mind you, they're not big barriers; but put enough small ones in the way and they become a major barrier. If you weren't truly serious about owning a firearm, you would say "Forget it" and I'm sure that's what the state would like.

In order to own a handgun, I had to do the following:
  • Take a Handgun Safety Certification Test
    (Normally, I would say this is a good thing, but the fucking test is so easy that you may as well not have the test at all.)
  • Pay $25 for the Handgun Safety Certification Card when you pass the test
    (Basically a tax for the right to own a handgun in CA.)
  • Purchase your gun and pay L.A.'s 8.25% sales tax
    (Starting April 1, 2009, the sales tax is going up a full 1% because the state government can't fucking do their job. They would rather increase the sales tax on everyone rather than let their special interests, i.e., the various labor unions, lose any of their fucking jobs.)
  • Wait 10-days
    (Because you need a cooling off period as you may be buying the gun to commit a crime. And if you already own a handgun and had gone through the waiting period, you would have to go through another 10-day waiting period for every subsequent handgun purchase.)
  • When you pick up the gun, you need a CA-certified gun lock before you can leave the store.
    (If you don't have a certified lock, be prepared to purchase one. Prices range from $5-$10.)
  • If you want a permit to carry a concealed weapon, good luck with that!
    (In the county of Los Angeles, it's nearly impossible to get one.)

All I can say is, "What the fuck!?!?!" Can the state put any more hurdles to law abiding citizens who want to exercise their right to own a firearm? Enough is enough. I decided to join the NRA to defend our right to own a firearm. Luckily for me, I spotted this great NRA Bonus Offer and was able to get a free one year membership! That's right, FREE!

I joined today and am happy I did. I just wanted to share the offer with others out there who value their rights as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. If we let the government take away one of those rights, who is to say they won't take away the rest?

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