questionswith new firearm legislation looming, have you…

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Also, I understand that this question may get a lot of flack, however my purpose is to gauge public reaction. It is obvious that there has to be a way from stopping disturbed individuals from acquiring guns but where is the line and what can be done without sacrificing our rights?

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Honestly I'm not worried at all. I've never felt any desire to buy anything other than a bolt-action rifle or a basic handgun (for hunting and home protection, respectively). And I don't perceive either one of those forms of firearms as under any threat whatsoever.

And frankly, I'm okay with (and even supportive of) mandatory registration, limitations on certain types of firearms/accessories, and waiting periods. I've never felt the unquenchable need to buy a gun that couldn't wait till the end of any period (and if I did, it'd probably be better I was forced to wait). Honestly, I wish lawmakers required mandatory firearm safety courses as required for gun ownership. I know I'm careful with any guns I own, but I'm more worried about other people. Most firearm injuries are a result of accidents and/or stupidity (not malicious criminal activity).

So I guess short answer: No, concerns over legislation have not encouraged me to go and buy any firearms.

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No. I'll stay with what I already own.

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yes....but I've never liked the AR-style modern rifles. I want something more classic looking.

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I'm cursing myself for not having bought enough magazines for my M4 earlier. And getting ammo.

Right now, btw, if you don't have a firearm or ammunition don't bother trying to buy. All sellers (local here and internet) are sold out almost to the walls. They are long sold out of any "assault weapon" rifles. Likewise most popular ammunition is out of stock.

I would have called people who stocked up paranoid, but maybe prescient would have been a better assessment. I'm pretty sure the upcoming proposed legislation is going to make the 1994 law look lax.

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People sure get worked-up easily, don't they? Before wasting your money on guns and ammo that you don't need, take a few deep breaths and let some rational thought creep in.

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You (and the other people in line at the gun store) are assuming that banned guns that you already own will be grandfathered again like during the last (ridiculous, feel-good) ban. Are you sure? This is a whole new ballgame. What if you plunk down your $1000 on a shiny new AR-15 and accessories only to have it confiscated by the feds in 2013? Something to consider.

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@turbinator42: Good point, that. Butyou aren't going to be able to touch an AR-15/M4 for $1000 today, much less with accessories. I'm curious what they are going for right now, but I know it is way more than they did a week ago. There is a gun show this weekend near where I live: I may drop by just to see if anybody has anything left to sell.

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To me, it's one of the most successful marketing messages ever.

The marketers make claims that the government is going to take away guns and millions of people run out and buy weapons and ammo. Apparently, that's been very effective, given that it's hard to buy weapons and ammo now.

However, it's an irrational decision on the buyer's part, particularly given the fact that passing anything but toothless gun restrictions in this country will never happen.

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@turbinator42: I do believe they will be grandfathered, there are millions in circulation in the US and would be impossible to collect. That is part of the problem with gun control. You can only try and control the law abiding people. I know many police officers in my town and I know that not one of them is going to be going door to door collecting rifles from people regardless of what the law is. I find these current events to be completely fascinating and cant wait to see what happens. The biggest offence to me is the fact that far greater men put in place our Constitutional rights and to think they will be stripped by the likes of Joe Biden and Harry Reid infuriates me and I think the message by the public has been made clear. Responsible gun ownership and education, to me, is the only answer. If in a perfect world we could go back in time and snap our fingers and all guns be gone from this world then I would be for it. However, we are simply too far gone to strip law abiding citize

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@wilfbrim: I was at a gun show Sunday (Portland, OR). I saw a table of brand-new AR-15s marked at $695. Not Colts of course -- some manufacturer that I can't remember at the moment (there are too many to keep track of these days). BTW, it was the last day of a big 3-day show and it was shoulder-to-shoulder in there. I heard an exhibitor say that the normal 30 min. background checks were backed up 4 hrs. deep.

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@davidschronic: I hope that you are right. However, this administration was elected by soccer moms and that is who is setting the agenda - so not much rational thought involved in cases like this.