Published September 14, 2019
Gun control is a hot-button topic across America today, and for good reason with all of the unfortunate events which have occurred across the country over the past 10 to 20 years. Millions of Americans legally own firearms today, and when used properly are positive experiences for their owners. More and more people are becoming first-time gun owners, and need lots of knowledge before they make their initial purchase. We examine the safe operation of these tools, and other important information to help guide the legal buying of firearms.
Before Researching Gun Products, First Understand Your Local Laws
Every state and local municipality has its own set of rules and regulations for who can buy guns, how many, what types, and where they can be purchased. Before doing anything else, be sure to do lots of online research regarding what’s allowed for guns within your state and immediate area of residence. You can also go to a federal firearms license (FFL) gun dealer to learn about local laws and restrictions, but keep in mind that they aren’t entirely a neutral party as they have products to sell and money to make – not to say that they will lie to you by any means, but the most accurate information comes from government websites.
Understand Why You Want to Own a Gun
Every gun has a different use and purpose – some are solely purchased as a collector’s item, some have been designed for sport hunting, and others are ideal for self-defense reasons. Be sure to have a logical use for a gun before even seriously researching different styles, brands, and models. Once you understand the important question of why regarding a gun, then everything can flow naturally from there.
It Can Be a Pricey Hobby
Gun ownership comes at a cost and is one of the more expensive hobbies to have. From the pistol cost, ammo, targets to shoot at, ear and eye protection, gun safe, and potentially even having to pay a membership or session fee for a club to shoot at – everything adds up.
Keeping Guns Safe Is Your First Mandate
It’s no surprise that guns are dangerous weapons, and certainly aren’t toys. Accidents do unfortunately happen, but as a gun owner, you are completely responsible for understanding all of the risks and for keeping your guns out of the hands of others. Keeping guns locked up in a very secure way is vitally critical, and trigger locks are certainly a proactive measure to take.
Gun Safety and Firearms Owner Training Classes Should Be Taken
Educational learning is immensely important when it comes to owning a firearm of any kind. Operating it safely, effectively, and accurately should always be top of mind. Most jurisdictions, unfortunately, don’t require gun owners to take training classes, but the investment is worthwhile to keep yourself and others around you safe.
Always Wear Eye and Ear Protection
Guns are loud and when fired, small pieces of metal or even shells can go flying through the air and potentially create dangerous situations. Always have and use protective eyeglasses, shooting earmuffs and earplugs. Your eyes and ears are integral to your overall quality of life, and you must protect them at any cost when operating a gun.
Gun ownership can be a rewarding and incredible experience when they are put to good recreational uses, but safety should always be at the forefront of your mind at all times whether they are being used or being locked and stored away.