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Old 09-05-2009, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Lincoln, NE
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I have been learning that you Alaskans love your guns, haha. And that's fine by me, here in Nebraska (outside of our three major cities) we are very fond of them too. I was raised in a very liberal environment, and (thanks to my former Marine boyfriend and his Oklahoma values) I am just starting to learn about guns and gun ownership. Apparently I'm one heck of a shot (yay!). But I don't know a lot about gun culture, so my questions are these:

1. How often is a person's opinion on guns a reflection of their other political views? How do you react if they differ (i.e. someone who believes in a personal right to bear arms and also supports gay marriage, or something along those lines)?

2. I have heard the basic gun to have around in AK is a 12 gauge. I am a petite(ish) woman and I haven't shot anything bigger than a 410 (...please don't laugh at me!). What should I expect?

3. What are the current requirements for gun ownership in AK? (licensing, waiting periods for purchase, etc.)

Thanks guys!
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Old 09-05-2009, 09:01 PM
 
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I believe in 2nd amendment rights and I support gay marriage. Basically what I don't support is idjits trying to tell other idjits how to live which is why both the extreme right and the extreme left make me absolutely ill.

The NRA is a scam in my not so humble opinion.
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:03 PM
 
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1. How often is a person's opinion on guns a reflection of their other political views? How do you react if they differ (i.e. someone who believes in a personal right to bear arms and also supports gay marriage, or something along those lines)?

2. I have heard the basic gun to have around in AK is a 12 gauge. I am a petite(ish) woman and I haven't shot anything bigger than a 410 (...please don't laugh at me!). What should I expect?

3. What are the current requirements for gun ownership in AK? (licensing, waiting periods for purchase, etc.)

Thanks guys!
1. I have no objections to gay marriage and I own (lots of) guns. I don't find the two mutually exclusive...should I?

2. Yes, a 12 gauge with slugs is considered the standard for bear protection.

3. Do you mean buying a gun in AK? If so, an AK driver license (or other proof of residency) and the money to buy the gun. No waiting lists, licesnses, or other such sillines (but you do need to pass the standard phone-in background check at the store). Otherwise, if you already own guns and are bringing them from out of sate, then they are already yours.
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:05 PM
 
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If you want Class III toys you fill out a form & pay for a tax stamp & wait....
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Lincoln, NE
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Moose Whisperer, I don't think they are mutually exclusive. And I'm glad to see other people aren't. I just don't want to presume either way about the politics of somewhere I don't know very well.
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:25 PM
 
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Moose Whisperer, I don't think they are mutually exclusive. And I'm glad to see other people aren't. I just don't want to presume either way about the politics of somewhere I don't know very well.
I only speak for myself of course. However, I understand your apprehension. If some of the stuff you read on this forum was your only source of information about AK residents, I'd be worried too!
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:33 PM
 
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My experience with guns is limited to a lot of different military arms and a Dan Wesson .357. I am a moderate conservative, meaning sticking my nose into other peoples life styles is not my bag. Politically, I am more in line with find the money before you spend it. And while it is probably too much to expect, I want my politicians to be cognizant with the military and the demands that they place on it. I want them to understand that the price paid by a single military member starts with separations and hardships and minimal pay, and extends to the full extent of personal sacrifice. JMO, of course.

Owning guns is the right of every American who can pass the BI.

If you plan on living in Anchorage, a gun isn't necessary, but if you plan on going on walkabout into the woods, listen to the people who know. Most of the folks use a 12 gauge loaded with slugs for bear. Gun laws are a little looser here as far as concealed weapons and licenses.
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Lincoln, NE
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We will be starting off in Homer, I think. And Nebraska recently relaxed our concealed weapons laws, which prompted me to read a little more about guns.

I mostly have my boyfriend and our friend Pat to rely on for gun knowledge. Pat collects (and actively uses) WW2 rifles, especially beat up ones (he likes the history that's in them, which I think is neat).

Thanks for your political opinion! I agree that the government needs to understand the sacrifices individuals make for the country, and what we are really asking of some very brave people. I love hearing any opinion really, because IMO the greatest things about America are our freedoms, and any act that uses a freedom should be celebrated.
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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My favorite subject is science...
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Lincoln, NE
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Good choice warpt, haha.
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