Just another Wednesday night at the rifle range at the National Rifle Association Headquarters. Only this time I realized that I needed to start saving my targets, just in case I move back to Finland:
HELSINKI, Finland: Finland has introduced stricter rules on gun permits in the wake of a deadly school shooting.The government issued the new directives to police on Monday.First-time applicants for a handgun license must now prove that they have been members of a shooting club for at least a year. In addition, all applicants must provide a note from a doctor about their mental health. - International Herald Tribune
That is all very interesting. Of course, what is a complete mystery is how they intend to handle gun owners who move to Finland. With that in mind, I decided that it would be a good idea to keep my targets as evidence of active target shooting as a hobby. In addition, I also want to make clear that I use a .45 caliber pistol for target shooting. I had seen some reports where the Finnish police thought a 9mm pistol as too powerful a weapon for target shooting. Well, it is the power/kick that makes it so challenging. (I have no idea what they would think if I showed up with a .50cal M1911 pistol, if I ever run into enough money to purchase one.)
Does anyone have any experience in moving to Finland with handguns or rifles? Please email me or leave a comment on your experience. My situation is going to be complicated. I have what they consider a high-powered pistol. I will also be bringing two high-powered hunting rifles, a WWII era 'assault' rifle (M1 carbine), shotgun and a small .22 caliber pistol which I understand is considered a concealable weapon due to its size. That I think is a little ridiculous, as I carry my full-size 1911-A1 pistol under my shirt and nobody notices that it is there until I point it out. They normally fixate on whatever ugly shirt I might be wearing.