Do we share too much?
The other day I was looking at a Facebook post of a friend. It was a photo of their child proudly showing off a new go cart he had built, but included in that photo was a full view of the contents of their garage, including their gun safe. To the average person this would be no big deal. To a thief this is a blueprint.
Be careful what information you willingly divulge. When sharing photos of your storm damage try to avoid giving away location markers. Many people are no longer able to stay in their homes due to repairs or unrepairable damage. Don’t give someone with bad intentions an invitation.
Are your neighbors currently displaced and their home vacant? Do you know what cars belong on their property? Would you call the police if something seemed out of sorts? There is nothing wrong with taking photos of suspicious or unknown vehicles.
It is not uncommon during a time of disruption to have people trying to sell personal items to help make ends meet. Unfortunately desperation can lead to a great deal for a buyer, but as always, buyer beware. If someone is trying to sell you firearms and the asking price is way too cheap (less than ½ what they are worth) be wary. A person in desperation will make sacrifices, but a thief may make the deal too good to be true.
Always be proactive. When buying firearms from someone you are not personally familiar with, have the transfer done at a local gun shop. That $35 transfer fee will give you a peace of mind that the gun is not stolen as a thief won’t want to give out vital information (seller must provide a photo ID).
To make a private purchase in North Carolina the buyer must be able to prove (with a NC purchase permit or NC Conceal Carry Permit) that they are eligible to purchase and own a firearm. This burden is placed on the seller and “I didn’t know” is not a good excuse anymore.
Remember to always protect yourself, whether it’s not divulging too much in a public photo or making a mistake and purchasing something stolen.
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.