Hey there, Nice site you all have, thanks! As the title states, I'm a transplant from Massachusettes. This is my 2nd attempt at making a go at living out this way. Been out here about a year now this time & I'm liking the Salem area. Lived up in Tigard for about a year & a half around 2008/9. Liked it up that way too, but find it down here in Salem better (IMO). My brother was diagnosed with an oddball/aggressive form of Cancer (for his age) in Jan '09-Multiple Myeloma. They figured he had about 3years given the stage & form, so I moved back to the Boston area in March '09 to spend time with him & give a hand. He passed at home in the early hours of 2/28/12 after just starting home hospice. Our folks were up visiting, so they were there, which was nice. I think he was trying hard to make it to the 29th... Anyways, it was a while before I could find a compareable job out this way again. Still took a pay cut, but with the lower cost of living here it's pretty close. I'm looking to get into shooting as a hobby, with a goal of getting my CHL by the end of this year. I figure the CHL would be handy to have for my other major interest - outback car camping (overlanding). I also figure the CHL would be handy for me to have, so that I wouldn't risk losing a hefty $ investment due to confiscation from something silly like a traffic stop/ranger,OSP, deputy visit --along with the likely criminal charges. I'm first to admit that I have a heck of a lot to learn to be a safe/responsible gun owner. This site is a wealth of info, so again thanks!