Purchasing a Firearm for Your Home

Purchasing a gun is something that more and more Americans are doing. There are a lot of people that believe that they are safer when they have a gun that they know that they are going to be able to use in case they find it necessary. Whether they are out hunting or defending their home, many people use their household firearm on a fairly consistent basis. If you are considering getting a firearm, you should be sure that you are going through all of the right processes to purchase your firearm legally.

Research the Laws in Your Area

There are a lot of people that do not understand that laws for purchasing guns differ between states. Depending on the state that you are living in, you will have very specific laws that you need to abide by to be able to purchase a firearm. Take the time to do your research ahead of time to ensure that you are not breaking any laws as you are doing your shopping. Some states may require you to wait a couple of days to pick up your guns, while other states will require you to provide them with extensive details of your history.

If you are asked for a background check, you should be sure that you realize this is optional. Background check software may be a part of the purchasing process, but you are not legally required to submit to the background check. If someone wants to perform a background check with their background check software, you can certainly submit.

Learn to Use Your Gun

Once you have legally obtained your firearm, make sure that you know how you are going to use it. There are many people that do not realize that many people die because they misuse firearms. You should be sure that you know how you are going to use and store your firearm to ensure that there are not any accidents. Take the time to teach everyone in your home how to come into contact with the gun and use it safely. By teaching everyone how to use and store the guns safely, you can prevent dangerous accidents from happening.

When you are learning about gun safety, you should be sure that you are getting the licenses that you need to use your gun when you want to use it. It is important that all of the information that you learn is going to stick with you. Make sure that you remember what you learn in your classes so that you do not put anyone in your home at risk.

Although purchasing a firearm is your right, as an American citizen, it is important that you go about the process wisely. This way, you can be sure that the gun is something that has a positive effect in your life rather than a negative effect. Do not be afraid to purchase a gun, and take the process seriously. When you do your research and buy a gun the right way, it can serve its purpose in your home without any other problems.

Illinois passes concealed carry law for state residents

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

Yesterday, Illinois stood as the only state left in our Republic to forbid the concealed carrying of firearms.  Today, sanity prevailed as the Illinois state House and Senate approved an override to changes made by activist and civilian disarmament supporter Governor Pat Quinn to a bill that authorizes residents to carry [mostly concealed] firearms.

According to the new law, residents of the state may carry weapons with a concealed carry license, which requires a $150 processing fee and 16 hours of firearms training (the highest hours requirement in the nation).  The bill gives state police 6-months to setup a system to process license requests.  Hundreds of thousands of applications are expected in the first year alone.

This bill came as the result of a 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Illinois’ ban on concealed carry is unconstitutional.  The court gave the state until June 9th (today) to correct the situation.  The bill sat on Governor Quinn’s desk for as long as he could before taking action, and Quinn attempted to gut the legislation this week in an effort to stall its passage even further.

Quinn was unsuccessful.  Quinn, of course, is the Governor of a state that contains a city with one of the highest murder rates in the United States (Chicago).  Before the law, residents could not legally transport weapons without the weapon being unloaded and enclosed in a case.  The state did not issue concealed carry licenses, nor did it honor licenses from other states.  Open carry was also prohibited in most areas (except when hunting or at home).  In other words, state residents were sitting ducks for criminals who do not follow the law and enjoyed a nearly constant advantage over law-abiding citizens in their ability to inflict harm.