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I want to learn about and purchase my first gun. I am

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I want to learn about and purchase my first gun. I am thinking a long gun. I have never used a gun before and was raised in a no gun house hold. I need to know where to start to responsibility own a firearm.

Hi! I'm Jim, a firearms expert here at Just Answer. I guess the first step is to ask why you want a gun and what you intend to do with it?

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
I intend to keep it in the house for protection. Or even to take it to the shooting range as a hobby.

OK, so you want a handgun?

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
Yes. I would want something simple and easy to handle.

OK...and what state are you located in?

Customer: replied 5 days ago.

Great. Well, your first step is to get yourself into an NRA Basic Pistol class to learn about gun safety and to determine what you like about different handguns. Classes can be found here -

And please take a course before you purchase a gun

That would be my suggestion to you for a first step

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
Okay thanks, is WalMart ok or should I strive for somewhere better

For a gun purchase? Never Walmart

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
Where then

A local gun store. A firearms instructor from your class can probably suggest a good local store.

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