[hackerspaces] Firearms in Hackerspaces?

Al Billings albill at openbuddha.com
Mon Jan 14 22:13:09 CET 2013


My hackerspace is in Oakland, one of the roughest cities on the West Coast.

That said, if I knew someone was carrying a gun into the space as a matter of course, I'd be raising the issue with the other members. First social intervention and then, later, maybe asking them to find themselves a better home. I don't need to be around geeks with guns. Thanks.


Al Billings

On Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:54 PM, Phillip Rhodes wrote:

> I don't know about other spaces,but ours is in a city (Durham, NC)
> that has a bit of a reputation for crime
> and violence, including in the downtown area near our space. It's not
> uncommon to leave the space late at
> night and hear people rustling around in the dumpsters out back, or to
> be accosted by random people looking
> for handouts, etc. Now I have no *particular* reason to suspect that
> any of those people would ever turn violent
> but there have been a couple of times when I've left the space alone,
> in the wee hours of the morning, and found
> myself wishing I was carrying, just in case. (as an aside, I don't
> have my CCW permit and I almost never carry
> my pistol and I've never taken it to the hackerspace).

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