I’ve been struggling with something for a long as I’ve been involved in the shooting sports, and that is IDPA and USPSA both holding national championships in states that hate our gun rights.
This week IDPA is holding the S&W Indoor Nationals at S&W in Massachusetts. Mass isn’t known as a bastion of gun rights (although after listening to Weer’d on the Squirrel Report for a while I understand that it isn’t quite as awful as some of it’s neighbors), but getting there basically requires a plane ticket or traveling with a gun through states that I refuse to travel through all together, much less armed.
I generally think that the folks at USPSA have their heads screwed on pretty straight, but even they aren’t without fault. USPSA is holding the 2015 USPSA Singlestack Nationals in Barry, Illinois. Yes, Illinois recently gained concealed carry, but that’s small potatoes compared to some of the wacky laws on the books in that state (.pdf).
I’m pretty spoiled here in the eastern part of North Carolina with all of the matches we have available to shoot, but even if I had to travel to get in a good match, I wouldn’t be interested in going to either of these places to shoot a match. Too much hassle.