As in the gun rights area currently? With all the things that have happened over the past few years for gun rights. I ask this as HR822 passed the house with like 270 votes.

This is only a question for gun owners who were gun owners bace in the early 1990′s. I personally was not in that age as back then I wasn’t even a teenager living in chicago.
IRV S, that was an ammendment and was defeated.

While I don’t think we will get HR822 as law, I did not think we’d be riding a wave of pro-gun legislation countrywide like we have for the past decade. Kudos to the NRA, the GAO, the JPFA, the 2AF, and everyone voting for freedoms first.

Lots of progress still to make, but the last decade’s crime statistics are really in our favor, too.

Who knows, I may one day be able to drive south 45 miles and visit the beautiful state of California again.

EDIT@FrenchFryHunter: You may want to read up on Harry Reid’s gun votes. He’s the best friend you can have in a Democrat-controlled Senate. It won’t pass, but it won’t be because of Harry Reid.

 

15 Responses to “For those of you active in gun rights 16-17 years ago, looking back did you think we would be here?”

  1. Eric says:

    No, I did not, and for that, I am extremely thankful.
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  2. Jojamjiji says:

    I used to live around there until the mid 90′s. Illinois has never really been friendly to gun owners. And if you lived in Chicago itself you had to deal with the likes of Daley and his cronies who could care less about federal laws.
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  3. Mac says:

    While I don’t think we will get HR822 as law, I did not think we’d be riding a wave of pro-gun legislation countrywide like we have for the past decade. Kudos to the NRA, the GAO, the JPFA, the 2AF, and everyone voting for freedoms first.

    Lots of progress still to make, but the last decade’s crime statistics are really in our favor, too.

    Who knows, I may one day be able to drive south 45 miles and visit the beautiful state of California again.

    EDIT@FrenchFryHunter: You may want to read up on Harry Reid’s gun votes. He’s the best friend you can have in a Democrat-controlled Senate. It won’t pass, but it won’t be because of Harry Reid.
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  4. BBean says:

    I was starting to have my doubts until the navy blue dress diverted the attention and the issue of gun ownership seem to lose the limelight. When President Bush got elected…..I knew we had another 8 years of freedom. I live in Texas and Bush was the best Governor in my lifetime since the 40s.I also had Ronald Reagan as governor when I lived in California in the 60s.(time in California was fun then)

    Honestly I am surprised,but still doubting the events that are due if this administration gets a second term.The 2nd term is when the true colors appear.
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  5. durden351 says:

    In the 90′s, I figured the gun ban would eventually sundown, and given the fact that not even the CDC would testify that the ban did anything for gun violence.

    That being said, I had no idea that the propagation of "shall issue" laws would have driven the gun market so hard and fast in such a positive direction.

    As for some kind of blanket gun ban, it’s political suicide for the most part. Plus, now that the Supreme Court has declared that gun rights are individual rights, the environment isn’t conducive to strict gun laws.
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  6. Robert H says:

    I actually thought things would be a lot worse than they are.

    1994 was not a good year for 2nd Amendment issues with the AWB. But it was a great year for those of us that were stocked up on full capacity magaznes and had surplus to sell.
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  7. cmcvpr says:

    No, I really didn’t. The proliferation of State Concealed Weapons permits and reciprocity agreements is just stunning. And it’s still growing. The "assault rifle" import ban is silly. I go to the range and I see "assault rifles" everywhere. Everybody and their dog seems to have an AR.
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  8. Jake says:

    there not going to get any better so buy your guns now boys!!!!
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  9. Robwe Chakan says:

    Not much has changed here in wyoming. still got my striker and my ak. nobodys ever come to my door trying to take them away.
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  10. Mav says:

    Not that I was active in gun rights back then, because you didn’t need to be! Most everyone that wanted to carry a gun did, and there was no concealed weapons permits, that I was aware of. There is a whole lot more anti-gun people today than there was then, and I think all this gets much more publicity than it used to! My 2¢ :)
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  11. lana_sands says:

    Yes, I remember those days. Lets not pop the Champagne on this just yet. This bill getting signed by Obama is a long shot. Even getting thru the hardcore anti gunners in the US Senate like Shummer, Lautenberg, Finestein, Boxer, Menendez, Mulkulsy, Kerry will be not easy.
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  12. eddygordo19 says:

    In the early 1990′s my state was considering legislation to ban all handguns and semi-auto rifles. The result was a huge increase in gun sales and the eventual defeat of the proposed bill. On the national level we were facing challenges from national anti-gun groups that were gaining momentum. In the courts, there was the feeling that the collective rights view of the second amendment might prevail given the judicial branch at the time. Back then the gun rights lobby wanted to avoid going to the courts being afraid of establishing bad precedent.

    But with all of our advancements, it is possible that we are living in more dangerous times. Turn on the TV and you’ll notice that the OWS movement has just turn violent in response to police attacks that seemed unjustified, at least in the eyes of the media. Europe is almost certainly entering a banking collapse and may very well drag down the rest of the world into a global recession making a 1930′s style depression more probable.

    With economic strife comes social strife, and social strife brings on the police state. In times of emergency the judiciary is put on hold and individual rights are suspended. Gun confiscation becomes a possibility.

    This is all highly speculative of course, but the lessons of history urge caution.
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  13. Irv S says:

    Never believed we’d gain so much, but there’s a bit of a ‘trap’ in there,
    that they don’t mention.
    The bill creates a ‘national registry’.
    That’s a danger to be watched.
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  14. dca2003311@yahoo.com says:

    * Yes because the Majority of Americans just go along to get along with both the Federal, State, County, and Local Governments illegal UnConstitutional Oppression, Tyrannical Behavior, and continual Tyranny, the Oppressive Power exerted by the Government, Abuse of Power, intentional Violations of our Constitution, Tyrannical Trespass, Tyrants, and the Usurpation’s of our Beloved U. S. Constitution.* " Keep Freedom Alive; Resist Tyranny."…The American People fear the Government instead of the opposite.* " Live Free or Die."…All True Patriots abhor any and all Violations of the Bill of Rights, or any of the Amendments in the U. S. Constitution.* We Patriots will never forget, or forgive their Transgressions for which they will be held answerable, and accountable for.*
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    * Run like a Deer.*……………..Fly like an Eagle.*~~

  15. French Fry Hunter says:

    With Harry Reid controlling the Senate I doubt it will even be allowed to be brought to the floor for discussion. But with a little luck we can chuck his butt out of power and perhaps have a shot at it after 2012 (dependent on dethroning Obama as well).
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    Gun owner since the 70s.

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