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This blog post will provide new gun owners with the basic steps and key information needed to get into handgun ownership. If you’re just starting out, or if you’re looking to refresh your memory, we’ve got the complete guide for you. Let’s get started!

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Research Your State/City Gun Safety Laws

If your state requires you to be 18 years of age to purchase a firearm, then do not buy it for your 16-year old sibling. If you violate these handgun safety laws, it could come back to bite you. Investigate if your state needs a permit or registration for purchasing guns. Some states require permits and registration for public safety, and some do not. Transporting a handgun from one state to another may also require a valid permit as well as federal registration.

Find out if your state requires background checks to lower crime risk when purchasing a firearm. If there isn’t one, then there isn’t much to worry about.

Most of the gun control laws regulate how you can carry them, where you can store them, and how do you have to register them. Find out which types of firearms require a license and which do not. You will also want to learn where it is illegal to purchase guns and whether or not it would be against the law for you to bring those firearms across borders (interstate-wise). As a rule, civilians are not permitted assault weapons in most states.

Get A Concealed Carry License Or Receive Training For Gun Ownership

Get a concealed carry license or receive training from your local law enforcement to learn self-defense skills. Again, never let embarrassment or shame keep you from learning skills that could save your life. Get educated on the basics: learn how guns work, safety, cleaning, and storage rules. Read about the different types of firearms and decide what will best suit your needs.

Ask The Right Questions So You Are An Informed, Safe, And Responsible Owner

Why are certain types of guns more dangerous than other types? How many different types of handguns are there? Why were they created? Do they have any benefits over other styles of firearms? Minimize risks and protect yourself from shooting accidents. Ask questions to make sure you understand the facts. You can find great information on the history of firearms, the safety rules that apply when you are owning them, and how to safely handle them online or from people who are experienced in owning guns. Make sure that you understand your state laws on firearm ownership before buying a firearm. If you’re not sure about something, ask someone who owns a licensed gun before you buy it.

How To Store Your Gun

If you have children, and especially an infant, always lock up your gun when you are not home. If a family member owns a rifle and wants to use it in the house, always use a safe for the rifle until your firearm is being transported to or from the shooting range.

Note the requirements and recommendations for owning guns. Be aware of your own training absences and work within the law to remain legally eligible to carry. Be aware of what you are doing when you are going to purchase your private firearm, and avoid buying a firearm from an unlicensed gun salesperson.