The family and I (wife and kids) are moving out of New York State. Its too expensive here…taxes are onerous, and the only places where the cost of a home approaches something that could be construed as reasonably affordable are so far from the population centers that pay on the highest scales, that you need to live 70+ miles away, and commute to the better paying jobs.
Which I have done for the past 13 years…each day is an 80 mile commute ONE WAY (yes, you read that right…its a daily round trip of 160+ miles each and every day) just to get a paycheck. The costs of gasoline alone tops $600 a month. Add in the state income taxes paid to NY (for the *cough* privilege *cough*) to live there, and the state income tax paid to NJ for the *cough* privilege *cough* to be allowed to work in *that* state, and my monthly outlay in terms of net dollars is insane. And that’s not even considering the costs of tolls, monthly maintenance on the vehicle, insurance costs, etc.…
Since I still need the day job while the holsters are still gaining momentum (the holster business is finally finding its legs, and that’s a good thing) I’ll be working out of one of the offices in the Knoxville Tennessee area.
Which means that Dragon Leatherworks will also be changing its base of operations to the Knoxville area as well. The two towns that are running in close competition are Oak Ridge (northwest of Knoxville proper), and Maryville (southeast of Knoxville proper).
I have to admit, it will feel great to breathe the free air of Tennessee…up until now, the thought of being able to buy a handgun and not have the state demanding that I register it, and add it to a permission slip that says I’m *allowed* to have it, were just crazy thoughts. And I literally can’t wait to walk into a gun shop, see a 17 round capacity handgun, ask to see it, and not be asked to show my super-secret-LEO qualification permission slip that allows me to even *touch* the gun. Hell….I’m surprised that they don’t arrest folks on the spot here in NY for even *thinking* about a LEO-only handgun.
And making mag carriers for 17 rounders, at least in NY, would make me a felon, because as a non-LEO, I’m not allowed to even *possess* a mag larger than 10 rounds. Can’t properly build/fit a mag carrier if I can’t legally get my hands on the mag.
Dennis would like everyone to be aware that any orders with a September delivery date are on-track for being in the mail by 07SEP11, regardless of their original intended shipping date, and he plans on having his leatherworking shop back up and running by 03OCT11.
On a related note, I wonder if any of my numerous fellow Knoxville gunbloggers and commenters would be interested in another get-together while Dennis is in-town and house-hunting? The 4th and 11th of September are available on his calendar at the moment, and we could either hit up Coal Creek Armory again, or go check out their apparently new competition. In any case, we are having some extended family medical issues, so I can make no guarantee about what weekend I will be in town, so if someone else wants to step up and organize this shindig (*cough*cough*cough*), I would appreciate it, and I am sure Dennis would as well.