The 2016 Gun Rush
The Lost Coast Outpost looks at a big rush on buying guns locally. This the result of recently passed gun laws coming into effect with the New Year. I see this as a good thing- the more guns in private hands the better.
The cost of guns nowadays leaves me out, although I still have a few I've owned for decades. I actually used to co- own a federal firearms license back in the early '80s. A friend- him now retired from the Casa Grande, AZ police dept.- I worked with were really into guns and, for whatever reason, decided to apply for an FFL. It only cost $10.00 back then.
We got the license and opened up a home spun gun store in the garage of his house on Central Avenue in Eureka. We had to have Eureka P.D. approve the location and our method of securing the guns, which they did. Steve's wife, Vicki, came up with the name for our shop: Garage Sale Guns, a name that probably wouldn't pass muster in this state nowadays.
I think we sold one gun, a 9mm pistol, the whole time. When Steve and Vicki moved to Arizona, Steve suggested I keep our license up to date, thinking they might open up a shop in Arizona and we could be a multi- state company of sorts. I chickened out, though. I'd heard too many stories of the Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco and Firearms going after dealers for minor paperwork violations ending up with hefty penalties. I wanted no part of that so let the license expire. Steve and Vicki opened Casa Grande Guns shortly thereafter and ran that store for something like 30 years until he retired.
Funny how a state like California with already some of the toughest gun laws feels the need for more of them. I got a factoid in my e-mail a while back pointing out the U.S. was ranked 4th in the level of gun violence world wide. But, when you took the cities of Chicago (with 800 firearms deaths over the xmas weekend) and New York (?) out of the equation, the U.S. dropped to 14th. It was either New York or L.A., I forget. Regardles, it's almost funny that the cities with the equivalent of gun bans put the country into 4th place because of the violence that goes on in spite of their laws.
Just goes to show the old saying is true: Peaceful societies don't need gun control and gun control doesn't work in violent ones.