Top 3 Things You May Not Know About Gun Ownership
When I first bought a gun, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into. I knew I was looking for protection while I was out by myself and traveling for work. Still, there were a lot of details I didn’t know or didn’t realize.
If you’re thinking about buying your first firearm, keep the following details in mind. It may not be everything you need to know, but it can give you a better idea of what you need before you head out to the gun and ammo store.
First, keep in mind that not every state has the same laws on carrying a gun. While you may have an open carry license in one state, other states may have outlawed open carry, which means you’ll need to know the laws in the states you’re passing through.
A lot of times, it’s easy to forget about the gun in your car or bag. Keeping in mind that you have a weapon on your person is important if you plan to keep it near.
Getting a Gun Can Take Time
Most of us are aware that there are some exceptions and loopholes to this law. In some cases, you may be able to get a gun from a gun show, where a background check and other precautions may be loosened. However, I also believe in getting firearms the right way, so I’m always careful.
Gun laws are strict and getting stricter about who gets to have a deadly firearm. However, the rules are pretty simple.
When you go in to buy a gun, you may not expect a background check before buying anything. Because you’re purchasing a deadly weapon, you may be checked for any suspicious activity. For example, if you’ve been charged with domestic violence, you may be unable to buy a gun.
Also, while in some states you can walk in to the store and leave with a gun that same day, other states have waiting periods of up to a week or more.
You’re Taking a Big Responsibility
While most of us are aware that guns are dangerous, it can be easier to forget just how dangerous these weapons can be. You’re facing a big responsibility, and while a gun is a tool, it’s one that could hurt people around you.
It’s vital to be careful when handling or purchasing a gun. The lives of those around you are potentially at risk, and even hurting someone who’s attacking you can be risky and frightening. Because of that, you need to consider that responsibility before you decide whether to buy your first gun.
You may want to consider having a lawyer in your pocket depending on the state in which you live. As odd as it may seem, you don’t always have the right to shoot someone, even in self defense (depending on the state you live in). At least consider a hefty umbrella policy if you choose to carry.
Curious about How Gun Ownership Affects You? Read On
I’ll admit, owning a gun has made me, as a woman traveling on her own, feel a lot safer on the road. It’s hard to feel confident when you’re alone and concerned about your safety. However, that doesn’t mean I was totally prepared for everything I needed to know when I bought my first gun. In fact, I didn’t realize how much practice I needed before I felt comfortable carrying it.
That’s not to mention the laws I found myself dealing with as I traveled from state to state. It became a sore point, especially in the few times I was pulled over and had to disclose the fact that I had a gun to the officer. If you’re considering a gun for your safety while traveling, check out my other pages on the site, where I go into some detail about state laws and what you need to know about gun laws.