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What You Need to Know Before Buying Your First Gun

by Aishwarya Gaikwad
What You Need to Know Before Buying Your First Gun

Buying your first gun is a big responsibility. Whether you’re using it for hunting purposes, for fun at the range, or for self-defense, this isn’t something that you should do on a whim. 

You’re taking the first step now by doing preliminary research! We’re here to help you learn what you need to know before you make your purchase. Keep reading to learn more.

Gun Safety Is Everything

The first and most important thing that you need to know when you’re buying a firearm is gun safety. It’s best to take a gun safety course (and it may be required of you) before or right after you buy your gun. This should happen before you even consider shooting it for the first time. 

Guns are weapons. They’re inherently dangerous and you need to know how to avoid causing anyone (or yourself) harm. People are overconfident when it comes to their guns, but gun accidents can happen to anyone.

Make sure that you always treat your gun as if it’s loaded. Even if you unloaded the gun yourself and you have the bullets in your hand, never point it at anyone or pull the trigger. 

Never point the gun at something you don’t intend to shoot. One rogue twitch can result in a tragedy. 

Always keep your gun somewhere safe that other people can’t access. Research suggests that 36% of children who live in homes with guns have handled the guns without their parents’ knowledge. 

Gun Types: Which Is Right for You? 

There are various types of guns that serve different purposes. Part of the process of buying a gun is knowing which gun you’re after. 

If you’re looking for a gun for hunting, hunting rifles are the most basic choice. These guns are often affordable and the learning curve isn’t as steep as it is for other types of guns. You can also use these guns for self-defense in an emergency. 

You could also buy some type of handgun. Handguns are always revolvers or pistols. These are popular for self-defense and not ideal for hunting. 

If you’re not sure what you need, don’t be afraid to ask the people at the gun shop. They can guide you. 

Gun Laws in Your Area 

Different places have different gun laws. You could face legal trouble if you don’t adhere to the laws. Some people try to buy guns out of state or through private purchases to evade these laws. 

Make sure you know what kind of carrying you’re able to do (and how you can get a license for it). Some states allow open carry while others allow concealed carry. Some states allow both. 

There are sometimes city requirements for gun use as well. 

Buying Your First Gun? Do Your Research

When you’re buying your first gun, make sure to look into local laws and regulations, invest in gun safety classes, and know what you need to buy. You can be a safe and responsible gun owner, but not if you jump into your purchase without doing your research.

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