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MKEgal
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:01 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

To celebrate the last day of school, and his being passed to the next grade
(despite the couple of Ds... ahem Evil or Very Mad), I took my son to our favorite Chinese
buffet Friday. We invited my boyfriend, who actually made the suggestion
that he pick the boy up from school in the sidecar (which he REALLY likes).
#1 Son was of course all over both of these ideas. banana orange pineapple mango apple

So we're sitting there being silly and noshing on some good food when this
kid - maybe a young teenager? - comes over and points dramatically eek3 to my
side... arm. I looked up, wondering what was coming next, and his dad (I think
it was the dad) said & signed to him "I told you not to be nosy."

Well, one of my degrees is for interpreting, so I signed right back at them
"that's OK". And the dad said "he wants to know why you carry a gun."
To which I replied (still in voice & sign) "to protect myself & my family."
That seemed to satisfy both of them, and we all went back to our meals. wave

I should note that the staff has never said boo about my carrying in there,
and even the few police we've seen from time to time have been cool.
If we ever have an event in the NW Milwaukee area, I highly recommend
the Chinese buffet at 85th & Brown Deer Rd., behind the Olive Garden. There's
a smaller one on the north side of the street, but this one is huge & better.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 10:55 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

+1 for ASL and Sign English.

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ShaunKranish
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:52 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Wow that's a great story, MKEgal!!!
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JTHunter
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 12:00 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Back in 1988, I had gone out into an abandoned coal mine behind my subdivision to do a bit of squirrel hunting. Some of the neighborhood kids saw and "invited themselves", so we ended up doing some practicing instead. One of the kids dropped the rifle in that black "sand" with the breech open and it jammed the firing pin. As this was a Marlin 39A levergun, it was easy to open and remove the pin until I could get home and clean it.
On the way home, I stopped at a neighbor's and was talking with them when a local LEO pulled up. Seems the next door neighbor had called because I was carrying the rifle over my shoulder and he didn't like that. The cop tells me to come out to his vehicle and when I complied, he tells me that I had broken the law. He explained the charge and I told him that the gun didn't work and why. His reply was that this "wasn't his problem".
Even though I would have financial problems hiring a lawyer, I wasn't able to get a PD and to hire one myself. This turned out to be another mistake.
This lawyer failed to inform me that, under Illinois law, to fight this particular gun charge, the DEFENDANT has to prove they are "eligible" to use the exemptions! She had been able to get the gun released to me prior to the trial so that I could clean it and that was my 3rd mistake. If I had left the gun with the police, when we went to trial, all they would have had to do is TRY to cycle the lever and they would have FAILED. It won't move if the pin is out. The female dog of lawyer didn't tell me that so we lost.
I lost the 1st gun I had ever purchased myself, had to pay over $3k in fines and legal fees, and get a record for "unlawful use".
I have never trusted any cop again, especially when it comes to guns.

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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 5:43 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi, New here... Just scanning through the threads...

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DownhomeCharley
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 8:57 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Welcome timturf! Lots of good reading here. Very informative and some threads are downright entertaining. You'll never get bored here.
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