Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Right To Take Three Days Off From Work

The 2nd amendment to our constitution guarantees "the right to bear arms". It seems that people often comment how easy it is to purchase and license a firearm. However, I have found that it actually is not easy at all.

In Pennsylvania, it was very simple to get a firearms permit. I filled out a form and brought it to the Sheriff's office with a small fee. I was fingerprinted and picked up the license a week later.

Ironically, it is much more difficult to get a permit in the "conservative, pro-gun" state of Virginia. First, make sure I don't meet any of the 20 categories that disqualify you from obtaining a permit. Next, I need to fill out a detailed form and get it notarized. As part of the form, I need to "demonstrate competence to handle a firearm". This requires taking a 4-hour course. (Having a license from another state is of no value for this requirement). The cheapest course I found after a moderate search is $80. Next, I need to submit the form in person with a $40 fee. After a background check, I need to submit the form again a week later to another office.

Grand Total: A minimum of $120 and I need to go to 3 separate places (2 of which are only open 9-5 on work days). In my opinion, only the most dedicated people would go through this process.

I understand the reasoning behind each of these requirements. My point is that it is certainly not a simple process.

Final note: even though I work within walking distance of NRA headquarterts, I have found this fact to be useless in finding courses or getting any of the above information. And their website does not help at all with finding rules or local training courses.


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