As a Republican, you probably understand the importance of defending our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, and as a girl, it’s especially important to think about using this right for your own self-defense. But, guns might seem a little intimidating when you think about owning one yourself, right?!
To help make the process easier, I’ve compiled all the steps and resources you need to know to guide you through the gun buying process!
Step 1: Research and learn your state and local gun laws!
All states and counties have slightly differing laws, so it is important to know specific guidance for your area. You can find them in full by searching your state on: gun.laws.com or nraila.org/gun-laws/
Step 2: Apply for a Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) Permit
These are necessary in every state except Vermont and Washington State (double check if you live in those states). You must be at least 21 years old to obtain one and safety courses are often required to complete before you are issued a CCW. Again, guidance on CCW’s vary from state to state.
Step 3: Go to the Range
Very important!!! Go to the range to practice until you feel more than comfortable handling a firearm, before purchasing one. Consider buying a membership at your local range so you can always continue sharpening your skills. Try out different handguns that you are considering for self-defense. It is important you pick one that feels good (think grip, weight, reliability).
Step 4: Choose a Gun
Research good guns for self-defense, there are also many blogs out there that talk about women’s favorite handguns, specifically. Make sure you ask experienced firearm owners, such as local gun shop owners, for advice. Trusted family members who are already gun owners are great to listen to as well. Once you have a list of guns you are interested in, go to the range and pay attention to how they feel and shoot!
Step 5: Tips from The Republican Girl
*When you buy a gun, keep it safe and away from anyone who can access your belongings (especially children). It is extremely important for your safety and others’ to make sure you are the only one with access to your firearm.
*Always keep your finger off the trigger, learn trigger safety!
*Never point your gun at anything you do not intend to shoot
*Be safe, be prepared, and practice!
*#1 Resource: NRA Women
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