At Point Blank, we know a lot goes into your decision to become a firearm owner. But with a little consideration, and some expert guidance, the process doesn’t have to be difficult. After all, thousands of people do it in the United States every day. Let’s break it down into some meaningful steps we can help you through.
1. Decide How You Will Use Your Firearm
Our customers rarely have just one answer to this question, and there can be a lot of overlap. The most common reasons include things like:
- Self Defense
- Home Defense
- Target Shooting
- Competitive Shooting
- Some Combination of all of the above
Your answer may also change over time, and that’s fine! Still, you want to consider your starting point and set your priorities accordingly. For instance, if concealed carry is a part of your plans, that can certainly affect your choice of firearm.
2. Do The Research
A great place to start is with a free seminar like we offer at Point Blank. Spend an hour examining your options and considering things like safety and storage. Our calendar can help you find the next session. You’ll also find our Sales Associates happy to answer your questions anytime, without pressure to buy on the spot.
If you’ve shot before, you may want to test a few options on the range before you buy. Less experienced shooters sometimes come with a friend who has already completed our Basic Handgun course.
Whatever category of firearm you’re looking at, you’ll have to consider things like caliber, size, and capacity. There are advantages and disadvantages based on your unique needs. A knowledgeable sales associate can help you find what works for you.
3. Meet the Regulatory Requirements
While the laws around gun ownership can be complicated (and vary somewhat from state to state), the process is actually relatively simple.
- Bring a government-issued photo ID with your current address
- Fill out ATF Form 4473. We’ll provide it; it takes about ten minutes to complete
- We submit your information to the FBI NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System). Typically, that takes another ten minutes. The process insures you are legally eligible to own a firearm
- Please note, there is a chance your clearance to purchase might be delayed by the ATF. There’s no way to know until the 4473 is submitted
- In most of the states we serve, that’s it! Your purchase will be complete
- The exception is Illinois, where you must first obtain a FOID (Firearm Owner’s Identification) card. You’ll need to have that before you come in. Once you make an Illinois purchase, there’s also a 24 to 72 hour waiting period, depending on the firearm selected
And there you have it! You’ve begun your tenure as a firearm owner. Point Blank is here to make sure you get the most of a hobby more and more Americans are enjoying every day! Remember, proficiency with your new firearm takes practice—the kind you can get in our clean, well-lit indoor ranges, always staffed with certified Range Safety Officers. Stop in with questions anytime, and remember our free Seminars!