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Firearm Basics: How Do I Buy My First Gun?

Once you decide to become a gun owner, the next step is actually going to the gun store to buy one. Our guest host, competitive shooter Tes Salb, follows up on her earlier video with some tips on navigating your first trip to a gun store. To help you choose the RIGHT gun for YOU, the staff at a good gun store will ask you some questions: What do you want to use the gun for? Who else will be trained to use it? Will the gun stay in the house all the time? Or will you be getting a concealed carry weapon (CCW) permit? Even before you buy that first gun, a great way to get started is to find a National Rifle Association (NRA) instructor in your area and take an introductory class. You may have heard the NRA is a political organization, but its main purpose is actually teaching firearm safety. You don't even need to be a member to take an NRA class. When you finally select your first gun, you'll have to fill out an ATF Form 4473 and pass a NICS (National Instant Check System) background check administered by the FBI. Your state and city may add other requirements: a permit to purchase, having a firearm owner's identification card (FOID), or even a waiting period of up to 10 days before you can take your new gun home. The good news is the folks at your local gun store are well versed in these legal requirements and will help you navigate them smoothly.

WARNING: Never attempt to disassemble or reassemble a firearm unless you are absolutely certain that it is empty and unloaded. Visually inspect the chamber, the magazine and firing mechanism to be absolutely certain that no ammunition remains in the firearm. Disassembly and reassembly should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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