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Six Things You Should Know Before Purchasing Your First Firearm

by Pamela Jablonski |  |  Published on February 9, 2017

Welcome to the oft misunderstood world of firearms! In the first part of this three-part series, you will be introduced to the basics of firearms ownership. Part two will introduce you to the art of selecting a gun and assist you in understanding what kind of firearms training you should seek. And lastly, we will review an array of handguns that could be considered for those of you wanting to carry concealed.

* So, where do we start? Let’s explore what you need to know before actually purchasing a firearm.

Addressing Anti-Gunner Rhetoric

The truth is there are so many misconceptions and preconceived notions regarding firearms that guns and the gun culture may be one of the greatest enigmas of modern times. For example, it’s important to remember the saying, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” It does not think; therefore, it can’t point itself at a human being, nor does it have the ability to pull its own trigger. When used in self-defense, a gun is a non-living mechanical tool of last resort.

Prior to purchasing a firearm, do your own research and educate yourself. Keep an open mind; alleviate your apprehension by engaging firearms owners, instructors, and your local law enforcement communities. This will help you weed out fact from undocumented fiction and guide you down the path best suited for you on your journey into firearms ownership.

It should be noted that being ignorant to all applicable laws you must follow is not an excuse. Stay apprised of the laws that govern firearms purchasing, ownership, and concealed carry. Check federal, state, and local municipality websites to keep apprised of new and updated laws; this is your responsibility, ignorance will not cover your derriere.

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