GUN Can I Carry a Gun in the U.S. as a Visa Worker?

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  1. pange756

    pange756 New Member

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    Hi, I am a Canadian citizen (a student as well), I may be working in the U.S. for a duration of 4 months starting September. Some of the cities I might end up working in (Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, etc) are not exactly known for their safety (especially compared to Canada).

    As such, I am wondering if I can purchase/rent a gun in the U.S. for self defense, for the duration of my term of employment. I believe my Visa type would be J-1. I have searched on the Internet but my efforts were up to no avail.

    Also, I'm under 21 years old (18 right now), how would that affect things?

    Any help would be appreciated, thanks and have a nice day.
     
  2. I don't know the specific visa laws, but in NYC or Chicago there's no way you're going to be able to carry a firearm... legally at least.
     
  3. Soybomb

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    Concealed carry permits are issued by individual states so you'd have to check the requirements for the state you'd be trying to get a permit from. The state would have to issue a non resident permit and the place you want to carry would have to accept a non-resident carry from the state that issued your license.

    It looks like utah might be worth a shot http://blog.thehill.com/2007/09/28/...t-the-cart-before-the-horse-rep-chris-cannon/

    But as the other guys said, chicago and new york don't allow you to defend yourself.
     
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    THT The easy way is always mined

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    I don't know if you can legally own a handgun in the US under the age of 21. And forget about Chicago...do you best to avoid it and pray it either sinks into the lake or the pumps that keep the water back fail.
     
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    I think there are federal restrictions depending on immigration status?
     
  6. I didn't even read the part about him being 18. :o
     
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    I'm a Canadian Citizen in the US on a Green Card (permanent resident). I have my carry permit. But I have a TN drivers license. The real issue is that you need to be a RESIDENT of the state that you are applying in (obviously not the same in FL/UT/ETC). If you're just here on a temporary visa, then you will not be a resident.

    When you purchase a firearm here or apply for a permit (at least in TN) you are required to give them your Resident Alien number.

    Unless you're going to be in a state that doesn't require a permit to carry, I can almost guarantee that you won't be able to get a permit.
     
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    I think the big issue is that you will not be a permanent resident, just here on a visa.
     
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    Also as a non-citizen you need to provide proof that you've lived at the same address for the three most recent months. You need a bill of some sort that shows your name, address, and the date.

    I've used my Cable bill and my Bank statement but there are a few other things you can use. So don't expect to even be able to buy a gun for your first three months here if you're even able to at all.
     
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    You can, but you'd have to buy it from a private seller and not an FFL.

    Chicago has a full ban on handguns that weren't registered pre-86 and IL also requires the FOID card to even possess a gun as an IL resident. That'll take at least a month to get in itself.
     
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    I really need to learn how to just make one post and cover everything in it :mamoru:
     
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    Not a chance at carrying it if you are 18.
     
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    in Utah: yes
     
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    At 18?

    Not only that, his real problem's going to be actually BUYING the gun :dunno:
     
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    You can't carry shit in IL. You have to be 21 and over to even purchase a handgun, and as a civilian in Illinois (NON LEO/security guard on the property you patrol) YOU CAN NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE carry a loaded weapon in public. This rule applies to anyone who visits the state as well. No loaded weapon unless you are in your home or in your business.
     
  16. Slick26

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    My wife is here on a Green card to work (just applied for her citizenship a week ago), and she is able to get a CCW permit.

    My guess is in most cases, yes, but depends on state.
     
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    Slick26 Gun|Bike|Cigar|PS3|Beer |Whisky|Night Crew

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    NY and Chicago are a definite NO. Philly is a yes, if you can get one with a Visa.
     
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    Slick26 Gun|Bike|Cigar|PS3|Beer |Whisky|Night Crew

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    Almost all states require you to be 21 to apply for a CCW. But check locally.
     
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    Man, I shudder to think what would have happened if I had ever had a run in with a pissed off prick cop in IL when I worked for the armored car place :noes:.

    We had no IL permit to carry, but serviced routes in IL daily. Hell, we had no permits at all because in WI an armored car company doesn't need a license to operate and we carried on WI's open carry laws. The only license for carrying a weapon is security, but an armored car company isn't a security company so they can't get a permit for it. WI is so fucked up :hsd:
     
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    Slick26 Gun|Bike|Cigar|PS3|Beer |Whisky|Night Crew

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    Armored car companies can apply for carry permits for their employees in IL, but just for work.
     
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    Probably JUST for work. Man I hate that state. Shall not issue :greddy:.

    Illinois resident living and voting in Missouri.:wiggle:
     
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    Slick26 Gun|Bike|Cigar|PS3|Beer |Whisky|Night Crew

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    That's what I said.
     
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    Ex Illinois resident who moved to a free state :mamoru:

    The gun laws were in the top 3 reasons for moving out of IL.
     
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    Slick26 Gun|Bike|Cigar|PS3|Beer |Whisky|Night Crew

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    Guns and weather... what's the 3rd reason?
     
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    weather didn't have anything to do with it, it was just a nice perk :big grin:
     

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