avole wrote:It's why you're allowed to have one at all, let alone be proud of it, that stumps us non-US citizens.
Here in Aus handguns are allowed with cat H licience. Cat ab is rifles, shotguns and rimfire rifles. I have not bothered with getting my H yet as it is a lot of trouble, but for me on a large cattle property it would be useful and it is why many if not all cattle station owners have handguns. If you find a fallen cow suffering a handgun is ideal, also having been charged by a huge hog once
and I mean huge, working on the land you need protection from wild pigs and dogs ect and an easy to carry handgun is ideal rather than a big rifle.
I cant speak for the US as I dont know the country, but here just about all gun crime is committed by non licence holders with illegal guns. Those who own regestered firearms are not the problem so why should they not be allowed to own them?
I know a few people with handguns in Aus and they either are cattle men or shoot competition, or at the range for fun. All the handguns like other guns in Aus must be stored in a thick steel cabinet bolted to the floor and wall with ammo in a seperate place. I read recently here in Aus at least most handguns of crime are homemade by backyard gunsmiths. This is not as hard as you may imagine as barrels are freely available and any idiot could make an action on a lathe. I find it rather annoying when those who know little about the subject asking for this or that gun to be banned, when it would not solve the gun problems anyway and only affect those who are the perfectly law abiding owners. You wont stop illegal guns and it is the illegal ones that are the problem (here at least)not the regestered ones. I have recently started to shoot competition big bore at up to 1000 yards, but this aside most of my shooting has been on the farm and unpleasant.
Sorry to the op for the off totic, but I felt it needed saying