Not around here. In Georgia all you need is a clean record, a set of prints, and $75 (more or less, varies slightly by county.) Friend rode his motorcycle over to our housewarming party and we were talking guns, so he just pulled out his 9mm Makarov (not the typical 9mm Parabellum) that he was carrying, dropped the magazine and racked the slide to unload it, and we compared it for carry purposes to my little J-frame S&W .38. Stand your ground really is not intended to apply to the Zimmerman case, whether or not juries and a DA applies it that way being another question. Even the author of the law said as much. It still requires, or should, that one not go looking for trouble, it just allows you to not run away when trouble finds you. And yes I DO feel safer, or at least a lot less in a bind knowing if trouble finds me I am unlikely to run and also knowing I am legally justified. Otherwise I feel caught between the proverbial rock and hard place with the perp on one side and an oppressive law on the other. How on earth is concealing something asking for trouble? The point is that you don't single yourself out as the first target, no one can tell how many armed people are around and might resist if they do something majorly criminal, your weapon can't be easily snatched and on and on. There are lots of reasons for it. But in Georgia you do not HAVE to conceal. Once you have the permit, and it's a weapon permit not a firearm one, you can legally strap on a sword or a battle axe if you want and walk down the street. You can carry in your own car without a permit. Obviously I don't agree that it's useless not in hand - it can be in hand very quickly.
Originally Posted by Katie
But I regret getting into that exchange, the original subject being much more interesting and on topic. I had someone a bit upset I photographed their house once, but I explained it wasn't commercial, I was a neighbor, just got this neat old camera (Yaschicamat 124 - didn't bother telling them you could buy its brother brand new until 1986 - most people assume my non-G dates from at least 20 years prior to it's late 60s birth) and liked the way the light fell on their house that evening, and they were fine with it.
I had some curious people watch me with the 4x5 on the Roan balds on the portion of the Appalachian trail that cross Roan mountain near the TN-NC border stand and watch and clearly wonder what I was photographing. They couldn't figure out why I was behind this big rock that was blocking my view. They finally realized with an "ah-hah!" moment, "Oh, you're taking a picture OF the rock!"
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