Trying to figure out where I sit on the issue. Number one, we do need stricter gun laws. Oh yes.
I own 10 guns. All off them handed down to me in one way or anther from family. I have not bought one of them.
I used to love shooting clay pigeons. Great fun that. Target shooting with a .22 is great fun.
I live way up in the Colorado mountains. I’ve had black bear rip off the door to my shed three times now. My first encounter with a black bear 27 years ago was when I found one in the back of my pick up truck. I do like having something to dissuade them, though I would never shoot one. My feeling is that I’m intruding on them.
Banging pots and pans or yelling at them does not always work. A shot from a large caliber rifle or pistol into a tree stump near them seems to do the job if they are staking out the house. I am going to keep at least a rifle and revolver.
I don’t have any full time neighbors up at this altitude (11,200). But, there are enough people around hiking and such that I don’t target shoot. The pop/noise of even a .22 would make an otherwise relaxed day in the mountains less fun.
What I did do is by a .22 air rifle (so I have bought one gun). It needs a special compressor to get it charged up to 3000psi. It’s nearly silent to shoot and can get dime sized groups at 100 feet. That’s fun. And after the initial investment, very cheap to shoot.
What should I do? Sell them? To whom? What would they do with them? Don’t want to just destroy them either.