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Anchors
08-28-2011, 1:55 AM
Does anyone here have programming skills?
I'm sure we've all see the interactive maps (http://www.usacarry.com/concealed_carry_permit_reciprocity_maps.html) on the these various sites that allow you to click a state and get a quick run down on its gun laws (LTC, OC, castle doctrine, "banned rifles", Magazine Laws, etc).

Basically it would incorporate the kind of information these three sites provide into an interactive map available for Android (and iPhone if they'll allow it).

USA Carry actually has an app, but it is just their forum app, not their maps/info.

USA CARRY Minnesota (http://www.usacarry.com/minnesota_concealed_carry_permit_information.html)
OPEN CARRY ORG Minnesota (http://opencarry.org/mn.html)
HandgunLaw.US Minnesota (http://www.handgunlaw.us/states/minnesota.pdf)

What do you guys think?

Anchors
08-28-2011, 1:04 PM
Guess not... :nopity:

stix213
08-28-2011, 2:00 PM
Problem I see is you'll have such a limited audience that whoever does the work will have to do it for free, and they will be on the hook for continual updates. I could write the thing, but I doubt it would be popular enough to justify the time expenditure. Researching and staying up to date with carry and other firearms laws nationwide is at least a part time job in itself. Any less time expense and the information would most likely be inaccurate/incomplete. The time/effort involved is not with the app itself, but maintaining the accuracy of the information within the app. 20,000 gun laws nationwide is a lot to stay on top of (for some reason every suggestion of an app on this forum seems to ignore that, as if designing the app itself is the project, and not massive amount of effort it takes to maintain the information - the app is something that can be written in an afternoon, while the information within it becomes a 10-20 hour per week job for the rest of your life).

You'd need several hundred purchases per month of the app at say $5 to justify the time expense, which I seriously doubt is possible over the long term. Get 5,000 people to pledge to buy the app at $5 each and I'll do it, because I think in reality this app will be purchased by maybe 100 people tops, and not worth the effort.

Anchors
08-28-2011, 3:39 PM
That makes sense.
Maybe we could make it open for update by the people using it like a wiki and also moderated by them?
I guess basically the CalGuns Wiki but for every state?

guntrust
08-28-2011, 11:28 PM
http://TAX.GD

freonr22
08-28-2011, 11:31 PM
Cgf Wikipedia maybe at top of cgn header for resources?

stix213
08-29-2011, 12:02 AM
That makes sense.
Maybe we could make it open for update by the people using it like a wiki and also moderated by them?
I guess basically the CalGuns Wiki but for every state?

I'd suggest then creating a wiki site with the info you want on it, while using wiki software that already has android/iphone apps. That would make it more useful to more people, since it is accessible to desktop computers, netbooks, etc, while also fulfilling the phone size use case you're originally looking for.

There are many available wiki software vendors out there, so I'm sure there are several with phone apps. Many of them are likely to be turnkey, requiring little if any programming knowledge to set up (hint hint, you might not even need a programmer, you can probably do it yourself).

In place of a phone app, the wiki software could also detect that you're using a phone browser and format the pages properly for the browser size. So it wouldn't require the user to install an app specifically.