Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Massachusetts
Shooting is most definitely a thrilling hobby, as well as a means of protecting oneself. There is an extraordinary adrenaline rush, and a sense of pride, and then you do it over again. It’s incredibly exciting. It’s important that women become comfortable using firearms in Massachusetts, since guns are some of the best means of protecting themselves against intruders and attackers. One of the best ways to go about turning shooting into a hobby, rather than something strictly for self-defense is to learn about recreational shooting activities in Massachusetts, There is Practical Shooting; IDPA shooting that simulates self-defense and real life style encounters.
There is Shotgun competitions, Then there is the extremely exciting sport of 3 – Gun Shooting where your shoot a sporting rifle usually built on an AR – platform, a Shotgun, and an semi-auto pistol. There are also; Action, Silhouette, and Precision shooting competitions. If this is not enough there are also several very specific types of shooting competitions where just Rifles and Shotguns are used.
New Women Shooters; Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun: What’s the Difference In Massachusetts?
It can be a bit confusing to keep these terms separate, especially when you’re in conversation with a gun expert in Massachusetts who just prattles on and on! When you’re trying to figure out which type of firearm would work best for your home and/or personal self-defense, it’s important to be able to make an informed decision. Here’s a quick run-down to help you out:
A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This can be a Pistol (Semi-auto) or a revolver. Handguns are much more suited to home and especially for personal defense. This is what you would carry around during your daily activities if you get a concealed carry permit in Massachusetts. The barrel is much shorter than both a rifle and shotgun, as it’s designed to be held with one or both hands, rather than placed against your shoulder. Most pistol barrels are grooved in a similar manner to that of rifles.
Rifles and Shotguns for New Women Shooters In Massachusetts
A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, A rifle barrel is long and has thick walls with spiral grooves cut into the bore. This grooved pattern is referred to as “rifling”. This is one of the best guns for shooting recreationally. With the proper training in Massachusetts and choice of a rifle such as one on an AR – Platform it can be used for both sport and home defense. Rifles are very versatile and it is highly recommended that any woman wanting to learn to shoot a handgun should seriously consider adding a rifle into her training program.
A shotgun (also known as a scattergun and pepper gun,) is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. The shotgun barrel is long and made of thin steel that is smooth on the inside to allow the shot to glide down the barrel without friction since it doesn’t have to withstand quite as much pressure. It’s similar to that of a rifle barrel. This is good for home defense in Massachusetts, but be careful of your surroundings. Often, the sound alone of a shotgun “Racking” is formidable enough to make an intruder think twice.
This page outlines just the very basics of the types of firearms in Massachusetts that may be best suited for you. Happy shooting!
The Massachusetts State Constitution states: “The people have a right to keep and bear arms for the common defense. And as, in time of peace, armies are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be maintained without the consent of the legislature, and the military power shall always be held in an exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it.”
Massachusetts Law requires firearm owners to be licensed through their local Police Department or the Massachusetts State Police if no local licensing authority is available. A license is required by state law for buying firearms and ammunition. An applicant must have passed a State approved firearm safety course before applying for a license.
IN 1998, Massachusetts passed what was hailed as the toughest gun-control legislation in the country. Among other stringencies, it banned semiautomatic “assault” weapons, imposed strict new licensing rules, prohibited anyone convicted of a violent crime or drug trafficking from ever carrying or owning a gun, and enacted severe penalties for storing guns unlocked. “Today, Massachusetts leads the way in cracking down on gun violence,” said Republican Governor Paul Cellucci as he signed the bill into law. “The new gun law,” he predicted, “will certainly prevent future gun violence and countless grief.” IT DID NOT HAPPEN: “There were nearly 1.5 million active gun licenses in Massachusetts in 1998,” the AP reported. “In June of 2002, that number was down to just 200,000.” Since 1998, gun crime in Massachusetts has gotten worse, not better. In 2011, Massachusetts recorded 122 murders committed with firearms, the Globe reported this month — “a striking increase from the 65 in 1998.” Other crimes rose too. Between 1998 and 2011, robbery with firearms climbed 20.7 percent. Aggravated assaults jumped 26.7 percent.
When citizens cannot defend themselves from crime and evil because the STATE has disarmed them, this is always the end result, crime rates rise. Gun Control simply does not work! The anti-gun groups in Massachusetts will never admit they were wrong, instead they have publicly blamed the surrounding states for not having the same laws as Massachusetts, “it’s their fault because guns have no borders they have argued.”
It is amazing how supposedly educated individuals can be so narrow minded and completely oblivious to the facts that are clearly placed before them, the truth is evident to everyone EXCEPT to those with self-imposed blinders, when the facts are counter to their personal misguided agendas they simply ignore them.
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Massachusetts has a national reputation as a bastion of gun control, but crimes and injuries related to firearms have risen, sometimes dramatically, since the state passed a comprehensive package of gun laws in 1998. Murders committed with firearms have increased significantly, aggravated assaults and robberies involving guns have risen, and gunshot injuries are up, according to FBI and state data.
To gun-rights groups like the National Rifle Association, these statistics are evidence that gun control does not work. But to gun-control advocates, the numbers show that no state, no matter how tough the laws, is protected from firearms violence when guns are brought in from other states.
Really, so now it’s the others states that are the issue, the anti-gun groups in Massachusetts are now blaming their surrounding states as the problem and will not admit that gun control does not work. Interestingly in the states that are pro-gun and strong supporters of the 2nd amendment do not see the need to point fingers at their surrounding states, wonder why that is? To quote truth, logic, facts, and statistics to narrow minded career politicians that are unwavering in their anti-gun agenda is pointless, its not about truth, never has been, its about their political life….its about exercising their will over the will of the people, its about power.
Massachusetts is a “may-issue” state; officials are not required to issue concealed carry permits to qualified applicants. Applicants must show justification for being allowed to carry concealed weapons, such as personal threats, being in a high-risk profession, or routinely carrying large sums of money.
Laws disarming people who have proven themselves to be a particular threat to public safety and laws that aim to disarm the public at large are precisely what turned a political argument into the American Revolution!
Massachusetts gun laws are among the most severe in the nation, requiring permission from local law enforcement officials before the purchase of any firearm; allowing local law enforcement agencies to set conditions on the possession or use of that firearm, the gun must be stored unloaded and may not be used for self-defense; and demanding all guns be registered. Massachusetts has in all reality completely disarmed its citizens and left them helpless in the face of criminals.
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