Fr. Sam Buice – Sammy got a gun

sams_gunToday I had a pastoral call to make in Gainesville.  So, last night I googled “gun shops” and found one close to where I was going.  I did some research and decided I would purchase a SCCY 9MM CPX-1. It has a 10 round magazine capacity and came with an extra magazine and child-resistant lock.  I could hardly get to sleep last night because I was so excited!  It is a pretty gun.

I got to Gainesville and headed to the Georgia Gun Store.  I was feeling somewhat apprehensive- I think because I was entering unknown territory.  I went in, and found the pistol I wanted.  I decided to get a two-tone black and silver.  One of the shop employees showed me holsters and cleaning kits, and I selected those too.

I was asked to fill out a form for a background check.  A license to carry would have sufficed, because having one indicates a background check has already been done.  I don’t have a license to carry, so I filled out the form.  It asked questions about criminal background, citizenship and mental health history. Curiously, I had to check a box indicating I am not Hispanic.  A different employee took my application and drivers license and did a background check in about 5 minutes.

I was in the shop about 30 minutes.  I left with a 9 mm pistol, 100 rounds of ammunition, a holster and a cleaning kit.  Total sale: $338.53  Less than 24 hours after I decided I was going to buy a gun, I have one.

At no point was I instructed as to how to load or use the gun.  At no point was I educated as to the rules concerning carrying a fire arm.  I asked for instructions about cleaning it, and got those.

I have no knowledge of my firearm other that what I learned on the internet last night…and that it IS pretty.  Since I do not have a license to carry, I cannot legally strap it on.  I could probably get away with wearing it around town however,  because Georgia’s HB60, passed during the 2013-2014 legislative session, states:  “A person carrying a weapon shall not be subject to detention for the sole purpose of investigating whether such person has a weapons carry license.” (SECTION 1-10.b)

…and no one has told me I can’t.



Father Sam Buice is the priest in charge at Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church in Clarkesville, GA.  His entire series on “Becoming a Gun Person” can be followed at his blog,

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