Every time there is talk of gun control legislation, gun sales soar because people who have thought about owning a gun rush out to buy a gun before it is too late. This article is intended for those who are relatively new to firearms purchasing, to help you successfully navigate the gun-buying process, be a safe and legal gun owner, and eventually get your concealed carry permit.
Here are the eight most common mistakes new gun buyers make:
Mistake #1: You Don’t Know the Applicable Laws
To hear gun control advocates tell it, you’d think anyone can walk into a store and waltz out a few minutes later loaded for bear. The truth is far different.
To buy a firearm you must present a valid state ID or driver’s license, fill out some federally required paperwork (Form 4473), and undergo a background check. The latter is usually done with a call to a special FBI office while you wait but sometimes there may be a wait of several days. Some states or municipalities may also have waiting periods.
Our advice: Before you go shopping, check out Form 4473 to be sure you can legally buy a gun. (Felons, illegal aliens, drug users, wife beaters, the mentally ill, and those dishonorably discharged from the military, among others, need not apply.) Assuming you legally obtain a gun, take your state’s hunter safety course and/or the concealed carry class. Become familiar with local laws so you know where you can carry it and where you can use it. It may be unlawful to discharge a weapon in many municipalities.