March was somewhat of a historic month with the March For Our Lives protests just one short week ago this past weekend. Not to be outdone, the FBI released the numbers of NICS Firearms Background Checks for March making it’s own bit of history in that it set a record for the month. According to the report there were 2,767,699 backround checks ran against the NICS database.
And for the first time in our lives both my wife and I were part of those numbers as we both purchased firearms this past Saturday.
As I recently wrote about in another article, I felt it was time to finally “pull the trigger” (pardon the pun) and purchase my first firearm. My wife who grew up around guns had no objections and happily purchased her first as well. For those curious she went with the GLOCK 19 Gen 5 and I went with the SigSauer P320.
We fired many different weapons to see which ones we felt most comfortable with and were the most accurate with. The professionals at the range and shop were helpful and attentive and spent as much time as we needed and were happy to do so. They walked us through the background check and after several hours of shooting and less than an hour of paperwork we headed home happy in our decision.
We both plan on getting our License To Carry (LTC) or Concealed Handgun License (CHL) (both terms are now technically correct in Texas, I found out) within the next few months. We even took our oldest daughter living at home with us back to the range on Sunday so she could fire the weapons and familiarize herself with them. Our youngest will be going as well in the next week or so.
Anyone who has never fired a gun before, as I had not until this past Saturday, I highly recommend going and taking the time to do so. Educate yourself on what exactly that means. I would even recommend going through the process of purchasing a firearm. Even if you plan on not keeping it and have the shop put it up for consignment.
Go through the process. Fill out the ATF form and experience the background check process to see all that is involved. It might open your eyes more than you think.
Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go join the NRA (5yr membership), order some practice ammo and show my wife the three options for next gun I plan on buying that I will use as my Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW). Those who are curious it’s between the GLOCK 43, Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 2.0 and the SigSauer P365.