A gun is hardly like a burger that you pick up at the drive thru’ and whizz away. It needs a lot of thought and planning. There are some pointers that you might want to consider when buying a gun.

  1. Legalities- No matter how much you wish to own a gun, if you aren't 18 or above, going by federal laws, you cannot legally buy a handgun. With rifles, it's a different matter altogether. State rules apply here and the minimum age varies from state to state. So be sure to check the laws even before you set your heart on a gun. Also, you will need to get a background check done, to get the go ahead. This is done at the dealer's end, who sends the information to the government, and sells you the weapon only once you get clearance.
  2. Purpose- The purpose of buying a weapon will help you decide the type of gun you will eventually own. For instance, shotguns are used by hunters, soldiers and even sports persons. Pistols are favored by sports persons and law enforcement officials. 
  3. Budget - Just like there needs to be a cap on the amount of money you are willing to spend for a piece of jewelry, the same way you should have a reasonable price limit in mind. By reasonable we mean that the type of gun should match the figure in your mind. Wanting a feature rich, high-end gun at throwaway prices isn’t exactly a reasonable budget. The range is huge; you could get a gun for as little as 150 bucks, or even one that costs $10,000. A lot depends on the purpose and your desire for gun-specific ownership.
  4. Space and storage- Buying a gun also requires storage. Ideally, you need to have a gun storage plan in mind before you get the weapon home. Gun safety is extremely important, both for the weapon and for your family. Safe gun storage includes hidden gun concealment furniture and safes built specifically for guns. There are many options in both categories. Safes come in a variety of shapes and sizes, while gun concealment storage includes gun concealment shelves, coffee tables, gun concealment mirrors, flag boxes and so on.
  5. Training and education- It is important for new owners to educate themselves on gun safety, gun cleaning, gun storage and also gun usage. The best way to do that is get off the internet, and enroll in a training program that will give you some hands-on experience. You need to equip yourself with the skills necessary to operate the weapon. 

As overwhelming as it sounds, owning a gun is not impossible. Figures indicate that gun purchases are on the rise. In fact, according to the new figures published in The Guardian, one fifth of all American gun owners are new owners. You could be one of them too, but be a responsible and proud gun owner.