Originally Posted by beefcake
Interesting! This was news to me. How does it work? I mean, who gets to carry a gun around other people, in the street? And in the car? Is that kind of like being allowed to have guns at home (wich I believe you are?), and a car is a private space of some sort? Again, I'm from Sweden and not used to (I don't think I ever have in my entire life) seeing guns. :-) I'm honestly fascinated, and it'd be interesting to know more.
This may be incorrect, but I believe it is primarily a European thing to view the car as a legal extension of the home. I know they do in Italy, and I believe at least a few other European countries do as well. That legal tradition does not carry over the US, at least as far as firearms are concerned. There are usually laws specific to transportation that cover guns in cars, and they tend to be extremely strict. Each state in the US has its own internal regulations regarding the purchasing of firearms, and these exist in addition to federal regulations (it gets very
byzantine like this). For example, in Connecticut, I could buy any rifle or long arm once I turned 18, but if I wanted to buy a pistol, I would have to wait until I turned 21 (few months ago), take a course, apply for a permit to three separate places, pay $100, get fingerprinted, and hope to get approved. Concealed carry is generally quite restricted, and in spite of stereotypes, private citizens carrying daily is really pretty rare. I mean, hell, I've never known anyone who has and I've never even so much as touched a gun in my life.