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Jim

Firearms and Mt. Forgotten

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A friend and I ran up Mt. Forgotten yesterday. Perfect day and the upper ridge was just above the clouds when we got to the meadows. A dude and his girlfriend came by as we paused to take a few pictures. He had a shaved head, big pack, hiking poles, big mountaineering boots, and a trendy tribal tatoo on his arm. We chatted a bit before we took off for the summit and they head back down. As he passed me I noticed what looked to me like a speargun strapped to the side of his pack. I asked him what that was and he said it was a "mossback" for bears and hillbillies(?). Not familar with the latest inovations in firearms I asked for some more information. He said it was a lightweight 12 guage shotgun and that he was not only concerned about black bears but grizzlies.

 

Whoa! WTF?

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Dunno - the gun had no stock, just a black pistol grip, a silver and black barrel. Pretty compact. I thought it a bit wierd to be packing in the backcountry of WA.

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Yo Greg - is it legal to cart this thing around? Not that I was gonna ask the dude.

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I think it's the barrel length more than the grip that matters, violating the former can come with a hefty prison sentence if I'm not mistaken.

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Pistol grips on shotguns are perfectly legal. Sounds like he was packing a Moosberg 500, 12 guage shotgun. Its also legal to carry one in the BC, as long as you're not in a national park.

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I didn't pull it off his pack to take a good look, but this looks like the item.

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