As someone who is an avid firearms supporter in real life I find that there's a huge unbalance in regards to how these are perceived on sim and that people not having a better understanding of them is causing restrictions in role play.
In the United States, where this sim is located. There are many classifications of firearm. However the biggest point of contention is what people assume is what. Here are two examples of Pistols.
This is a SIG P320 Pistol. A semi-automatic, short barrelled handgun.
This is a Kriss Vector SDP (Self Defense Pistol). A semi-automatic short barrelled handgun.
Under the rules of the sim, these -should- both be supported but when staff is questioned they say 'people' won't understand the difference between the second one and a sub-machine gun. It's not rocket science. A handgun -cannot- be automatic, where as something classified as a SMG (Sub-Machine Gun) is automatic. That is the deciding factor. Not what a firearm looks like.
Why is this important? There are a fair number of firearms enthusiasts on the sim who wish to have these items for immersive RP and because they're within the actual rules it should be fine. We shouldn't be hindering RP because someone won't understand. Education fixes that problem and if there's a concern about distinction it can be explained with a simple IM. I am curious to people's opinions on this as it would help improve RP and options for civilians.
To that end, I think that certain companies/groups. Such as a Security Company, or a gun-store with range permits should have special group permissions to have open carry while on the sim. MANY security companies in real life, or even large businesses employing internal security have licenses that allow their employees to carry firearms while at work, and while out and about in either the line of their job. Or even while in the course of every day life. These companies should have permits which prevent the police from taking their firearms just because they want to.
Handguns are legal in MOST US States, and can be carried either open or concealed. This should be a clear distinction, especially in Louisiana which has less strict gun laws. Police should not be confiscating legally carried firearms from people just for having them on their person. If the firearm was used in the course of a crime, 100% yes. Or BRANDISHED like it was going to be used, same action. However if someone was arrested for say... public indecency, the firearm would be held by the police and then returned (without ammunition) once the person was released. Only crimes that are considered violent (Assault, Sexual Assault, Threat, blackmail etc) would warrant total confiscation of a firearm.
I understand that these things are a big topic of debate in the United States, however I also feel that it leads for more immersive RP including the Police, Groups/Businesses and regular roleplayer's if we expand upon it and do so properly. Not asking for a mile here, but as some of us are working towards these kinds of RP's it would be nice to have something like the Kriss Vector SDP, or the Scorpion Evo 9mm Pistol available for use.
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