I live in Las Vegas Nevada where it is legal for me to carry a concealed firearm for my personal protection. My Mother and brother live in the city of 29 Palms, 180 miles away in California. The state of California has determined that when you cross this line in the desert (the California / Nevada border) the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution all of a sudden does not apply. You now no longer have the right to protect yourself outside of your home with a firearm.
I move around my home town confident in my ability to defend myself, if necessary, from the threat of a violent attack, with the use of a concealed firearm. When I travel to the town I grew up in to visit family, I no longer have that comfortable feeling, that assurance of personal safety that being armed and prepared provides.
Fortunately for me, my family lives in a small desert town with a population of less than 10,000, which is also home to the United States’ largest land based Marine Corps base. So I do feel relatively safe while visiting there. But, what if my family lived in Los Angeles, or some other large city with a high rate of crime and violence? Let’s just say, I am glad they don’t.
I seldom if ever travel into areas I know to be “high crime areas”, be it a large crime ridden city, or the bad side of the town I now live in. I never want to go looking for trouble, just because I feel I can protect myself from it.
How do you feel when you normally carry, but find yourself traveling somewhere you are not allowed to?