There are millions of people all over the world who own guns. And while the issue of gun ownership may be controversial, there are various valid reasons for owning a gun. Many people are buying personal firearms, and you may be one of them.
Buying your first gun can be an exciting experience, but it is also a serious decision and you need to be sure that you’re making the right choice. If you’re not sure whether you’re ready to own your gun, we’ve got a few questions that might make it a bit easier for you.
Can you afford to own a gun?
Guns themselves are expensive. And even if you have the money saved up for a gun, or you manage to get an affordable gun, you will likely have ongoing expenses as well.
You will need to get your firearm license. You will also need to regularly clean your gun, which means you will need to buy products to clean it with. You may want to store your gun somewhere secure, so investing in a safe is always a good idea.
On top of that, you may want to buy some extra items for your gun, such as an AR-15 brass deflector. Before committing to a gun, be sure that you can afford it and all that goes along with it.
Is it even legal to own it?
Depending on where you live, it might not even be legal for you to own a gun. You might be too young, or carrying a firearm may be against the law no matter what your age is. Even if you are tempted to buy a gun in any case, obeying the law is important.
You can learn more about why we should obey the law here. If gun ownership is legal where you live, you should still do some research, since owning certain types of guns may be prohibited.
What will the purpose of the gun be?
It goes without saying that you shouldn’t own a gun for the sake of hurting someone. Your reasons for owning a gun should be valid, and you need to be able to justify them. Also, consider alternative options if you’re not sure that a gun is the best thing for you.
For example, if you want to own a gun for hunting purposes, you may be able to hunt with something else, like a knife. Of course, a knife will also have some maintenance that needs to be done, like sharpening it, but it is a valid alternative.
Are you mature enough to handle the responsibility?
Owning a gun is a big responsibility. No matter what your intentions are, it is a weapon and needs to be treated as such. You can’t treat it like a toy.
You need to know that you will be handling it with care and that you have the good sense and maturity to not do anything irresponsible with a firearm.
If you are worried about the responsibility, try to be more responsible in other aspects of your life first before buying a gun. Keep in mind that even if you are mature, accidents can still happen, so if you have any doubts about owning a gun, rather wait a bit.