Over the last several years people are becoming more fearful of extensive gun restrictions which could regulate which guns and gun accessories you may be able to own.
What happened after Newtown and the chance of an “Assault”(Read: Semi-Automatic Rifle) Weapons Ban was empty shelves in gun stores across the country. Had a gun ban passed millions of people who wanted to own a semi-automatic rifle would have never been able to, and the population of gun owners may have been subject to possible gun confiscation.
What would happen if there were another mass shooting event? It could happen anywhere and anytime. With the expectation of a gun ban the shelves will empty in short order. If the shelves empty and there is legislation put forth that is likely to pass you will not be able to purchase the gun you want, perhaps ever again. Furthermore, accessories and ammunition can become banned or monitored in the future. California is putting forth legislation to track ammunition sales. This can be seen as a precursor to what will come in the rest of the country.
This presents a need to buy what you may need before you do need it.
So, the question is, what should you buy now?
1. Buy Any Semi-Automatic Long Guns You May Want In The Future Now
Why? There is unlikely to be any price reduction in the future and when you feel an urgent need to buy one it will either be significantly more expensive or not available at all. There are a variety of arguments to what model you should buy, the common choices being AR-15 or AK-47. Don’t allow yourself to be paralyzed making a decision, make a decision, and buy your gun.
Some people suggest strategies such as buying a “stripped lower” for an AR-15. The Lower Receiver is the only part of the AR-15 classified as the weapon. The reason behind this is that the most functional parts of the gun connect into the Lower – the upper receiver, the stock, the pistol grip, and the magazine all connect into the lower receiver.
Do NOT trust this strategy, only buy a stripped lower if you absolutely do not have the money for the other parts. You can’t base your strategy around how previous law has been based. In the past if you had a registered lower you may have been able to purchase parts during a gun ban to build around it. There is no evidence that a future gun ban will be the same as previous ones, thus potentially making it illegal to manufacture parts other than the lower receiver. Don’t leave your self-defense up to something that is speculative.
2. Buy The Magazines (And Other Accessories) That You Want – Now
During the time after the shelves are emptied when there is a run on the gun stores the price of guns explodes. Similarly, the price of magazines can go up exponentially. Historically magazines have risen in price exponentially if they are “grandfathered” in. In California for example, 30 round magazines purchased before the Assault Weapons Ban were transferred between private owners for roughly 25x the original retail price.
Many people have purchased larger magazines (higher than 30 rounds), with people moving to purchase 50 and 100 round magazines. Understand in advance that the larger the magazine the higher the chance of malfunction. This is due to the fact that the larger the capacity of a magazine the more pressure being put on the spring which retracts as you are loading in more bullets. These springs are prone to higher rates of malfunction in larger magazines. This will effect you exponentially since you are carrying less magazines with a higher capacity.
If you are struggling to make a decision, opt for Magpul 30 round magazines (where state law allows) with a ranger plate(more convenient to pull out).
3. Stock Up On Ammunition
Ammunition is a component to consider from multiple angles. In California legislation is being put forth to tax ammunition as well as to track who buys what quantities when. Don’t think that ammunition can’t be banned. In England and Australia there have been long gun(rifle) bans, if such an event occurs it’s entirely possible if not probable that they will outlaw the production of ammunition if they outlawed the guns themselves as a “soft” way of phasing out the guns already privately owned. Such a measure could save them the trouble of door to door confiscation of weapons from private gun owners. Such a tax will come under the auspices of being a “Sin Tax” and could be implemented on politicians to exponentially increase the price of ammunition at your local gun store. Realize how much easier this will be should the politicians move to disarm you while under pressure to institute gun control after a mass shooting event.
When politicians are reactive (after the Newtown shooting for example) they institute irrational policies. A law was briefly implemented to make 7 rounds the maximum capacity in a gun. It wasn’t until after they realized manufacturers didn’t create such magazines that they walked this back.
Consider also the following, ammunition is a relatively stable asset to invest in. Ammunition that sits on your shelves purchased at a good price in bulk is unlikely to lose much of its value and it’s entirely possible that it could accrue in value.
Think also of what may become valuable during a crisis or an event which leaves people needing supplies when the production in factories has been halted. Cigarettes and bullets are time tested commodities where demand has stayed stable during times when barter becomes necessary. Think of the following, would you rather have money in your bank account, or would you rather have boxes of ammunition – in the event of an emergency?
For people who prepare for disasters, food that you have kept stored is unlikely to stay yours if you don’t have ammunition within your possession to the ends of defending yourself.
4. Gun Confiscation Is Not A Joke
In New Orleans under the narrative of stopping crime lawful citizens were disarmed of their firearms. How did the government know who owned a gun and who didn’t. Two ways, one through looking up the registered owners – secondly through door to door searches. Although you can not effect every outcome you should be prepared for the worst.
There are ways to have a gun that the government is not aware of. What you need to do is build the lower receiver of your gun yourself. This is much less difficult than you may imagine. A search of the term “ghost gun” will put you in the right direction. Defense Distributed has created a “Ghost Gunner” product that will fashion a finished lower receiver for an AR-15. The device costs $250 that you would not spend if you had an AR that required government registry. All of the other parts you can buy separately and are not tracked by the government.
An AR-15 has a production cost of $800 at the factory. By the time it gets to you it will likely cost around this amount, if not more. For the mere cost of $250 you can work around the government knowing about your firearm (Check Federal & Local laws yourself before doing anything).
There is an added benefit here in that you’ll need to purchase an AR-15 parts kit and configure around a dozen parts of the lower receiver yourself. This experience is vital to understanding your weapons system, how it functions, and being prepared in the event of an emergency.
Furthermore, if you don’t know how to take your AR-15 down into these parts and assess a problem, what use will your gun be during a time you need to rely on it? After you experience a malfunction if you can not diagnose and remedy problems yourself, all you have for yourself is a fancy paperweight.
Knowledge is the only thing in this world that isn’t bolted down and you can have as much as you’re willing to take without any detriment.