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    Firearms on "Indian" Reservations

    I was wondering what kind of gun laws are there on Indian (Native American) reservations. I know because of certain sovergienty laws they can operate casinos on their land in states where others cannot, sell certain things like fireworks (to use a stereotype), grow plantsfor religious purposes and have exemption or exceptions from different laws.

    What about gun laws? Can they buy/own whatever they want? Registration/background rules? Can we buy guns there? What about taking them home from the reservation. Anyone know about this kind of stuff? Just wondering and looking for ways not to be denied my Constitutional Right to own whatever type of guns I cam afford. If any can appreciate people have guns do stop"tryanny" it would be the Native Americans. Too few guns Too late in the game. I'm not saying taking over was right or wrong, it happened and we can't change it. That is NOT the issue here. I want to know about the gun laws stuff only.

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    InkEd - good place to find a lot of gun law information, including Indian Res. laws is www.handgunlaw.us Check the individual states for Res. law. In general, the Reservations have to allow armed passage on a primary road, but off of that, you have to be aware of their laws. Each Res. has it's own way of handling that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by InkEd
    What about gun laws? Can they buy/own whatever they want? Registration/background rules? Can we buy guns there? What about taking them home from the reservation. Anyone know about this kind of stuff? Just wondering and looking for ways not to be denied my Constitutional Right to own whatever type of guns I cam afford. If any can appreciate people have guns do stop"tryanny" it would be the Native Americans.
    You're in for a rude awakening. Most Native American reservations do not allow any personal carry of firearms (handguns), and especially not by visitors who are not members of the tribe. I know nothing about gun shops on the reservations ... never thought about that aspect, to be honest, but I seriously doubt if there are any that they would (or could) sell to anyone who is not a resident member of the tribe.

    Interesting you should mention Constitutional rights because, to the extent the reservations are sovereign nations, obviously the United States Constitution would not apply.

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    In AZ CCW does NOT apply to any Native Indian reservation. Travel is supposed to be OK as long as you don't off a state highway, but check before you take that long winding back road. If you want to hunt the res, you need to contact the Tribal authorities WAY before you bring your file out there.
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    Sad. They figured out to make money with casinos, they could make a fortune if they sold guns. I was hoping for more relaxed gun laws. Surprised to say they have seemingly stricter laws about guns. Maybe if they embraced firearms us whities would have stuck to our deal to stay east of the mississippi river. Just kidding. Hope that didn't offend anyone. I apologize if it did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by InkEd
    Maybe if they embraced firearms us whities would have stuck to our deal to stay east of the mississippi river. Just kidding. Hope that didn't offend anyone. I apologize if it did.
    Why was it necessary to say this at all? I am offended. I never made any deals with any American Indian tribes, and I haven't abrogated any deals that my father or grandfathers DIDN'T make. If your ancestors made deals and then backed out, apologize for your ancestors, don't include my family in your family's history.

    I love it when people say/write hurtful things and then say "Just kidding." If you feel a need to follow it with an apology in the same post, you must know it wasn't really funny, so you weren't "just kidding." You knew you were being insulting but you decided to go ahead anyway.

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    InkEd, welcome.

    Regarding Reservations, you've already found out that the tribal authorities can be very restrictive. I would never bring unloaded firearms--let alone carry loaded ones--onto a reservation unless I was in compliance with both state and tribal law AND had some written outhorization from the tribal authority specifying exactly what I was permitted to do, and where. It has been said that their authority does not extend to state and interstate highways, and that makes sense to me--but I sure wouldn't be speeding through reservation territory if I had firearms with me. IANAL.

    I must support Aguila Blanca in reminding you that we all should be "high road" in our comments: if you are worried that your comments MIGHT be perceived as insulting to a person or a group of persons, those comments shouldn't be made. In the present case, suffice it to say that there is probably nothing humorous to be found in the history of the displacement of Native Americans in this country.

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    Inked is right. Same with the African tribes, the Jews, and everyone else that has been walked on while there have been firearms available. No apology from me though.

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