By some estimates, more than half of America’s households keep firearms in their homes. Many say they own guns for personal protection.
The decision to purchase a firearm for security is a highly personal one and should be well thought out. Once that decision is made to purchase a firearm for self-protection, other more practical considerations must be addressed.
Gun ownership carries with it a serious responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Therefore, regardless of the type of firearm you choose, it is essential that you gain a good understanding of local, state, and federal laws pertaining to firearm ownership and self-defense.
In addition, we strongly recommend that all persons acquiring a firearm take a Firearms Safety Course or related instruction. Organizations such as the National Rifle Association have developed excellent programs of this nature and many local shooting clubs sponsor these programs with certified instructors. They are designed to provide basic knowledge needed to operate and use a handgun safely and to teach the fundamentals needed to shoot skillfully.
Information concerning the location of qualified instructors can be obtained at the following address:
NRA Education and Training Division
11250 Waples Mill Road,
Fairfax, VA 22030