Owning a gun is a right protected by the Constitution. But gun ownership is also a huge responsibility and should not be taken lightly. If you currently do not own a gun, you may be considering going to a gun store to purchase one. If you're in the market for a gun, avoid the following common gun buying mistakes:
Not Understanding the Laws
You can't just walk into a store and buy a gun the same way that you would buy a video game. There are laws and regulations that must be followed by gun retailers. Before heading to a gun store, make sure you have a valid drivers license or state-issued I.D. It is also important to know if you are legally allowed to own a gun. Felons, people convicted of a domestic violence offense, undocumented immigrants, those with mental illness, and anyone dishonorably discharged from the military can't legally purchase a gun.
Purchasing a Gun that You Have Never Handled or Shot
You wouldn't purchase a new car without going for a test drive first, and the same rule applies to purchasing a gun. Before making any plans to buy a gun, visit a shooting range with a friend who has a gun that is the same model that you're interested in, or visit a rental range that offers different models for rent that you can try out at the shooting range. Handling and shooting the model of gun that you want to purchase will help ensure that you purchase the right gun.
Neglecting to Take an Introductory Firearm Course
Many people want to own a gun to use for self-defense. But simply owning a gun is not going to keep you safe, especially if you don't know how to use it. If you are a first-time gun buyer, it is highly recommended that you take an introductory firearm course prior to purchasing a gun. During an introductory course, you will learn how to handle the gun safely, arm it, disarm it, and fire it. This type of course can go a long way to ensure that you are a responsible gun owner who can defend yourself if needed.
Don't Want to Practice
An introductory firearm course can provide the basics, but after you buy your own gun it is essential to practice using it on a regular basis. If you're going to become a gun owner, make sure that you have the time to visit the shooting range so you can become completely at ease with handling and firing your personal gun. Contact a gun store, like Osseo Gun Club, for help.