I have written about security and firearms before.
· Change my cruising plans, and miss perfectly safe destinations due to their laws.
· Deal with each individual country’s views and laws for firearms, some of which may put me and my crew at legal risk. “Billy? Have you ever been in a Turkish prison?”
· Ensure that the firearm is properly maintained in a salt water environment.
· Ensure that the ammunition is properly stored for a salt water environment.
· Ensure that the firearm is properly stored to protect it from theft.
· Ensure that every single person on board who has access to the firearm is fully trained and competent in its use.
· Understand and accept that the mere presence of the firearm means that it is there to be used, misused, lost, or stolen. Three of those four are unacceptable.
· Understand and accept that it may become common knowledge that we have firearms aboard. People do talk at ports ya know, especially if you check in with a nice semi-automatic or two, and have the port officials hold your weapon.
· Understand and accept that our firearm may not necessarily protect us from people that want those firearms, our other possessions or us.
· Understand and accept that, by the time one of us is pulling the trigger, and possibly taking the life of another, we better have taken countless steps in order not to get here – that is; shooting someone.
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