About Responsible Gun Ownership

In the US, there are gun laws that regulate not only the use but also the possession and sale of firearms. Each state can differ with regard to the laws surrounding firearms, and there are also federal laws, which trump state laws. You can learn about firearm safety and firearm laws by reading the information below.

Learn how to properly use a gun

Many people get scared due to things like rising crime rates in their area or due to being victimized, and they decide to go out and get a gun. If you have found yourself feeling as if you want to purchase a gun to protect yourself and your family, you don't want to make the same mistake that so many others do and assume that guns are very easy to figure out. While it is true that there isn't too much to the mechanics of guns, it is also true that they are very dangerous in the hands of an untrained individual.

The first thing that you want to do before you run out and purchase a gun is to make sure that you are going to be a responsible gun owner by taking a gun safety course and practicing at a shooting range until you feel 100% competent at handling and shooting guns. At this point, you will be in a much safer position when it comes to owning a gun. In fact, you should try to get to the shooting range regularly so you only get more and more comfortable with handling your gun.

Learn how to safely keep a gun

When you have a gun in your home, you are going to need to know that everyone in the house is safe from gun accidents. Having taken a gun safety course, you will already know about the importance of making sure the gun is unloaded. You will also need a safe, locked place to keep the gun, such as in a gun safe. The ammunition should be kept in a separate location. You want to store the gun in a place that is kept at a cool temperature and that is clean and dry. You want the gun to be stored with the muzzle pointed down or horizontally.

 Selling your gun to a private party

If you decide to sell your gun to someone in the future, you want to make sure you do it legally. Selling your gun to a private party is known as a "private party transfer." In order to do this, both you and the buyer will need to do the transfer through a licensed dealer. The dealer will make sure all the laws are followed with regard to things like background checks and other requirements for the state the gun is being sold in.

Visit a gun store today to buy a gun and get more tips for handling your gun safely.