I cannot imagine living somewhere that you cannot get a firearm in a day. It only takes a few moments for NICS to verify. I sold a lot of guns with that yellow form in front of me.
I understand that they do not want someone to buy a gun in anger... But honestly,, if someone drives toi the gun shop, fills out the form, it gets called in/// verified, and they walk out with the gun.... if they are still that angry. it wont matter if its a week or a year wait.
Shotgun Barrels are minimum length of 16 inches arent they? They used to be, I cut a lot of them to 16.5... There is NOTHING that will beat a semi auto shotgun with the stock replaced with a handgrip, and a foregrip.
People talk about capacity, but I have to tell you, if you have to expend more than two or three rounds you ARE in trouble...
The debate over the .45 against the smaller cal handguns has raged for a long time. I loved my .45's I built a lot of them, and had a matched pair with wider grips to allow me to double stack. If capacity is your concern, you can get or have made clips that will hold thirty plus rounds, though they stick way out the bottom and are ungainly it is possible.. I have owned MANY guns in smaller cal.. My wife uses a DA Only .40 that is small and fits her hands nicely. I really liked my Beretta. it shot well, and reliably, but the 9mm cal never made me comfortable. I liked the .45 IF,,, I ever had to shoot someone, I know that it would be one or two shots in total, so If I had to use those one or two shots, I wanted them to be as lethal as possible, and carry as much impact as possible...
I have witnessed in hunting, the difference between blood trail philosophy, and total energy transfer.. Where the hunter wanted the bullet to exit, so that there would be two openings, and allow him to follow the animal to where it died, OR, the hunter wanted the bullet to stay inside the animal and deliver ALL of its energy into the vitals...
If the shot placement is good, there is no need to follow more than fifty to one hundred yards at most. I will go with the total energy transfer every time.
A human is not an animal. Getting shot tends to change the mind of pretty much anyone in a dramatic way, UNLESS the person being shot is drugged in some way. Adrenalin, mixed with some drugs can do amazing things. Perpetrators never even KNOWING they have been shot with a smaller cal as an example.
One of the fellows In my classes to get my instructors license shot one such criminal trying to rob his gun store seven times with a .25 ACP, and nearly died when the criminal started returning fire. He expended nine shots, hit him 7 times, and the guy never even blinked.
Having spent a lot of time with handguns, and having two people I taught, and sold firearms to regularly actually SHOOT someone IN their home, I can tell you that their lives were never the same again, but the difference was HAVING a life. In both cases, The emotional trauma was extreme, but also in both cases they survived, as did their families.
It would seem that it was not an easy thing to do, or decide, But in both cases the judgement was an easy one to make when the trigger was pulled. Both men told me they didnt even think twice about it, until after the fact. When someone breaks into your bedroom, AFTER you warned them to get out, or be shot, it does not take a lot of thinking. The aftermath was very different and came close to tearing both familes apart.
Hindsight is 20/20 they say, but I disagree.. those men constantly thought.. WHAT IF What if I had shot the wall to let him KNOW i had a gun... etc...
No one blamed them, both criminals had extensive records. The investigations were fast and decisive in their favor, and yet they beat themselves mentally for years.
Have a dog, even if its a small one, and DONT, let it sleep in the bed with you. It stays in the living room, and WILL give you warning and wake you up, often allowing you the time you need to be prepared to defend.
The reality of someone breaking into your house, is that they will likely NOT be kicking the door in. They will carefully break a window, jimmy the lock etc.. and you will have NO idea they are there until it is too late unless you sleep with your gun under your pillow, locked and loaded.
Many laws now, DEMAND that you keep your guns in a safe, WITH a trigger lock of some type, and that defeats the entire purpose of owning the gun in the first place. if you have to open the safe, and remove the trigger lock, your already dead.
SO long as we dont stand up and vote, issues like the OP had will continue to get worse.. It is ILLEGAL according to our constitution to restrict our RIGHT to own guns.. it is not a privilege, it is a RIGHT and CANNOT BE INFRINGED!!!!
Well, after reading what the OP went through, I would certainly say he was seriously infringed, and some places "INFRINGE" even worse than what he went through...
How did that happen? WHY?
Because we allowed it to happen.... And continue to allow it to happen............