Today I had a pastoral call to make in Gainesville. So, last night I googled “gun shops” and found one close to where I was going. I did some research and decided I would purchase a SCCY 9MM CPX-1. It has a 10 round magazine capacity and came with an extra magazine and child-resistant lock. I could hardly get to sleep last night because I was so excited! It is a pretty gun.
I got to Gainesville and headed to the Georgia Gun Store. I was feeling somewhat apprehensive- I think because I was entering unknown territory. I went in, and found the pistol I wanted. I decided to get a two-tone black and silver. One of the shop employees showed me holsters and cleaning kits, and I selected those too.
I was asked to fill out a form for a background check. A license to carry would have sufficed, because having one indicates a background check has already been done. I don’t have a license to carry, so I filled out the form. It asked questions about criminal background, citizenship and mental health history. Curiously, I had to check a box indicating I am not Hispanic. A different employee took my application and drivers license and did a background check in about 5 minutes.
I was in the shop about 30 minutes. I left with a 9 mm pistol, 100 rounds of ammunition, a holster and a cleaning kit. Total sale: $338.53 Less than 24 hours after I decided I was going to buy a gun, I have one.
At no point was I instructed as to how to load or use the gun. At no point was I educated as to the rules concerning carrying a fire arm. I asked for instructions about cleaning it, and got those.
I have no knowledge of my firearm other that what I learned on the internet last night…and that it IS pretty. Since I do not have a license to carry, I cannot legally strap it on. I could probably get away with wearing it around town however, because Georgia’s HB60, passed during the 2013-2014 legislative session, states: “A person carrying a weapon shall not be subject to detention for the sole purpose of investigating whether such person has a weapons carry license.” (SECTION 1-10.b)
…and no one has told me I can’t.
Father Sam Buice is the priest in charge at Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church in Clarkesville, GA. His entire series on “Becoming a Gun Person” can be followed at his blog, http://foddersam.blogspot.com/