Join Date: May 2014
Location: Maple Ridge, BC Canada
Model: 97 gl1500 SE
It must be from being brought up in Canada, but the thought of carrying a gun for personal protection never occurs to me. I guess if you were outback camping, you might want a weapon for protection. I lived in Columbia, Maryland for 2 years, worked at NSA and weekly had to drive the diplomatic case from the NSA down to the Canadian Embassy. They did tell me to leave a little extra space between me and the car in front when stopping at a light so you could escape if somebody tried to carjack you... Again, I never even thought about carrying a weapon when I was doing the weekly embassy runs...
I have owned a few firearms in my life, used to go to the local gun club to shoot with my dad and brother (starting at about age 12, I think). Shot several different weapons while in the Canadian Military, and usually stop by The Gun Store in Vegas when I'm there to shoot something I haven't shot before (got my wife shooting an Uzi and 9mm pistol one trip). So, I'm not a stranger to guns, just doesn't occur to me to need to carry/CCW. Not that I think that it wouldn't be necessary or prudent to carry in some locales, but just never really dawns on me until I see a thread like this. Before anybody gets started, I'm not trying to start a 'right to bear arms' debate, just making a comment.
And yes, CCW is not permitted anywhere in Canada, so be careful/aware when crossing the border.
Bikes I've owned since June, 2013:
Since sold:11 CBR250R, 89 ZG1000, 92 Ninja 500, 85 V45 Magna, 84 DT200, 82 Virago 750, 92 Virago 1100, 04 Kawasaki ZZR250, 07 Vstrom 650 ABS, 88 GL1500, 14 Ninja 300, 86 V65 Magna, 96 VLX600, 08 WR250X, 09 KLX250S, 87 FZR1000, 14 Ninja 650, plus some more...
2010 Husqvarna TE250
2015 Kawasaki Ninja 650
2008 GL1800 with bagger kit