If you are buying a gun for the first time, there is quite a high probability you are getting a handgun of some kind. Handguns make great introductory firearms while still being able to perform all of your self-defense needs. However, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind when buying and operating a handgun that you might not realize if you have never owned a gun before. Here are a few things you need to know so that you are not surprised or accidentally break the law when you carry your gun with you.
Buying The Gun
Buying a handgun is relatively simple in America. If you get it from a licensed gun store then most of the time you will have to fill out one form (ATF form 4473) and then ensure that you pass a simple background check. Most people will pass this with little to no hassle and it may take a day or two at the most for everything to be correctly processed. Once that is done, you are free and clear to buy your gun, the ammunition you need, and any and all legal accessories that go along with your firearm.
Permit To Carry
If you are considering carrying your weapon with you when you work or when you are out and about, then there is a very good chance you will need a permit to carry it. Most states require this, especially if you are concealing the weapon underneath your shirt or in your pants. A permit to carry is a very simple license to get. If you passed your ATF form 4473, then there is virtually no reason why you shouldn't be able to get your permit as well. Just ensure that you do have this before you take your gun with you out in public or you can get in a lot of trouble.
When you own a gun you need to think about where you can keep it so that no one can accidentally uncover it and set it off. This is particularly true for households with children and pets. A gun locker that is secured with a password or key that only you have is vital for any and all gun owners. The only people who should have access to that locker are the people who have gun licenses and permits, so make sure that you keep that secure and do not buy a gun unless you have a safe to keep it in.
Contact a local gun store to learn more about getting a permit to carry.