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Posted: 6/14/2009 1:35:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/14/2009 1:37:37 PM EST by 2000Z3M]
Mine was when I had a gun pulled on me and I wasn't able to do jack shit about it and just backed away and left, I was at a party and the kid started to shot blanks. When I heard the shots I thought someone started to shot people in the house. It was a yale frat house. When I went down stairs to see WTF was going on and after a few words said to him, I had a gun pointed at me.

ETA: I always knew I was going to get one, but that incident opened up my eyes and I filled out all the paper work as soon as I was able to, ie back in the states.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:36:03 PM EST
I never considered NOT getting one.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:36:19 PM EST
I got mine to avoid the 3 day waiting period on handgun purchases.

I rarely carry.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:37:03 PM EST
No background check on purchases. Show the CCW, paperwork done.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:37:59 PM EST
First time my liquor store was robbed.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:38:25 PM EST
Originally Posted By KBaker:
No background check on purchases. Show the CCW, paperwork done.


Same.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:38:53 PM EST
My birthday
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:38:54 PM EST
Waiting damn near a week for a 29-10 because weekends don't count as days apparently.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:39:18 PM EST

Originally Posted By 1Andy2:
Originally Posted By KBaker:
No background check on purchases. Show the CCW, paperwork done.


Same.

We still have the background check in FL with a CCW, just no waiting period on handgun purchases.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:40:04 PM EST
Originally Posted By RikWriter:
I never considered NOT getting one.


^ This
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:40:54 PM EST
Originally Posted By capnrob97:

Originally Posted By 1Andy2:
Originally Posted By KBaker:
No background check on purchases. Show the CCW, paperwork done.


Same.

We still have the background check in FL with a CCW, just no waiting period on handgun purchases.


By law, they don't have to do it, but still do. pisses me off, I don't want to have to get the fee passed on to me because they want to ignore the law.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:41:01 PM EST
This may surprise some, but being totally defenseless in the woods while bow hunting. I hunt in areas with wolf, bear and mountain lion. Having a pistol makes me feel alot more comfortable.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:41:17 PM EST
i was too young to appreciate the LA riots over rodney king, but I have seen the films. watching the same type of animal behavior following Hurrican Katrina did it for me.

-mattt
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:41:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/14/2009 1:43:48 PM EST by ultramagbrion]
When I first started working on the road, I was talking to a fellow traveler from another outfit one day. He was talking of a co-worker who had been held up at a gas station in Missouri (IIRC) while he was fueling his company truck.

The bandit said something to the effect of " I know you guys got alot of money.......ya'll from (whatever state the truck was registered in) and down here in MY world livin it up"

After that I began to think about things a little differently when Im traveling........be it around town or around the country. I started carrying whenever I could. It wasnt till I moved back to New England that I got a permit to avoid alot of the possible headaches.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:43:34 PM EST
Originally Posted By elderboy02:
Originally Posted By RikWriter:
I never considered NOT getting one.


^ This


+1
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:47:13 PM EST
I haven't had that final decision maker yet. Finances have keep me from getting mine so far. hopefully that will change if I can manage to land a decent job now
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:48:41 PM EST
turning 23 in MO.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:50:00 PM EST
When I decided I wouldn't be a victim.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:52:25 PM EST
More than 40 years ago so I forget.

But I believe it had something to do with not wanting to become a helpless victim though.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:53:27 PM EST
When TX passed the CHL law. But I packed one legally well before that too.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:55:50 PM EST
I was waiting for the right time to get one. Then the local gun club I belong to came out with a new rule that required us to provide background checks. I would have had to pay for that and since the CCW would automatically qualify me, I decided it was the right time.

Also, it would further cover me legally when carrying my guns back and forth to the range.

I was a slow adapter when it came to actually carrying most of the time, but I'm there now and glad I am.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:56:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By shootemup:
First time my liquor store was robbed.


you're not allowed to carry in your place of business in your state?
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:56:32 PM EST
If it wasn't required to own a handgun in MA,I most likely wouldn't have got one and started carrying.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:57:51 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/14/2009 1:59:26 PM EST by lrc]
The day I was approached by two individuals of questionable integrity, and the smaller of the two asked me rather rudely for my wallet. I was changing a tire, and what he got was an 18" long breaker bar to the jaw and neck below the ear. (I said ok let my get it, the breaker bar was on the driver seat. I reached like I was getting my wallet from the truck and came around with the breaker bar and caught hood number 1 right under the ear in line with the jaw) Hood number two, ran off and I called the law. When the law got there they found a gun on the guy I knocked out. Thing was, being a 19 year old kid I never thought that this guy would have been armed. (figured he would have had it out when they approached me) When the officer found the gun, I was like, DAMN that could have ended way different. So the first available class after I turned 21 I got my CCW permit. Longest year and a half of my life.

ETA: spelling
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:58:21 PM EST
My belief is this:

There are two things every American should have to enjoy all of the benefits of Citizenship

1. A passport
2. A means of self defense

Without the first, you can leave, but you might not be able to come back.
Without the second, you're just a taxpayer.

m
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 3:16:48 PM EST
To be able to carry when with the family - out of state - my CCW is a FL non-resident and no good in MD. Kinda stupid, huh?
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 3:20:23 PM EST
Stuck twice and having to look for a phone (cell doesn't always work out here) I thought about the real concern of running into a wild or rabid animal-no thinks!

I have to sort out a few money issues then I'm getting it done.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 3:24:14 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/14/2009 3:32:44 PM EST by hardridincwby28]
I know yall will flame me for this one. Before I got CCL, I was doing alot of traveling with the rodeo circuit and carried in my truck for years. I often traveled thru alot of less than desired areas going to rodeos. I figured the cost of the CCL would be cheaper than the fine and hassle I'd get for carrying without a CCL. Between that and a very close family friend who is a CCL, was in an altercation where a thug tried to carjack him at gunpoint. He did have to use deadly force. No charges where filed due to self defense.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 3:32:33 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/14/2009 6:04:04 PM EST by omega62]
The fact that I was almost killed by a criminal assailant once in my life already.

Out walking one night, minding my own business.

Got sucker punched from behind in the back of my head by a young black male. Hit me so hard I literally saw stars on my way to the pavement.

Several full force kicks to my head followed, after which my wallet and watch were removed from me.

During the week that I spent in the hospital, the doctor told me that a few more full force kicks to my head probably would have been the end of me.

I have no doubt he was right.

My situational awareness that night sucked, and I will never make that mistake again, or let someone get behind me like that.

The next one that rolls up on me like that will find that I will not hesitate to use deadly force in defense of my life.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 4:36:00 PM EST
Originally Posted By capnrob97:
I got mine to avoid the 3 day waiting period on handgun purchases.

I rarely carry.


Link Posted: 6/14/2009 4:44:04 PM EST
Originally Posted By RikWriter:
I never considered NOT getting one.


What he said.

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 4:47:58 PM EST
When I moved out CA.

Born and raised in the Bay Area.

I didnt really know what the regular world was like.

As soon as I realized I could, I did.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 4:58:41 PM EST
Originally Posted By RikWriter:
I never considered NOT getting one.


+87
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:00:41 PM EST
I wanted one for a while and just never really got around to it. I recommended a 3rd class for separation from the service. He wasn't having too good of a go with being in the .mil life. He hated my guts and knew where I lived because of the recall roster. I seriously thought that he would come find my house and try to kill me because he loved being in so much. Turns out I didn't need it for that! However, it has come in handy since.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:01:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By Hedonist:
Originally Posted By capnrob97:
I got mine to avoid the 3 day waiting period on handgun purchases.

I rarely carry.




Same here
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:02:00 PM EST
Wanted to blade at Walmart and have a massive adrenaline dump...wait wrong discussion.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:03:27 PM EST

Originally Posted By chuckles007:
Originally Posted By shootemup:
First time my liquor store was robbed.


you're not allowed to carry in your place of business in your state?

You are, I just wasn't knowledgeable about the laws at the time.

Plus, depositing money was another motivating factor.

You can say I was a bit ignorant and naive regarding crime back then. I really didn't think I needed gun.

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:06:25 PM EST
making the time to go down to get my permission slip signed.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:17:04 PM EST

Originally Posted By mattellis2:
i was too young to appreciate the LA riots over rodney king, but I have seen the films. watching the same type of animal behavior following Hurrican Katrina did it for me.

-mattt

+1

I hate to admit it but after sitting in my office two blocks away from WTC when it came down, I don't disregard Hadji or anyone else in a public setting.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:17:24 PM EST
My 21 Birthday.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:27:07 PM EST
Originally Posted By msprooch:
My 21 Birthday.


My 18th Birthday
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:28:37 PM EST
Living in Memphis scares the crap out of me everyday.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:29:44 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/14/2009 5:30:04 PM EST by Walkure]
Hitting the residency requirement (moved here from the not-so-free IL last year).
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:30:38 PM EST

Originally Posted By msprooch:
My 21 Birthday.


Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:37:39 PM EST
My wife had her CCW when we started dating and I wasn't going out like that!
We've since gained our Lifetime CCW's!
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:38:17 PM EST
As soon as the law passed here in Nebraska, I made it legal what I had been doing for years.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:38:25 PM EST
as soon as we get it here in wisconsin...
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:42:30 PM EST
I got shot at
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:45:55 PM EST
I wanted it, 23 years ago
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:50:25 PM EST
Moving to a free state where I can actually get one.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:53:14 PM EST
The shooting in the mall in Omaha.

I have kids and a wife that I love very much. I don't want to be caught empty handed in a situation like that. If it can happen in Omaha it can happen anywhere.
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