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I'm planning on buying and using a gun. Due to my state laws I can only buy a shotgun. I'm a 23 year old young woman who's never held a gun in her life, much less been in a gun store. Is there any chance of them suspecting what I'm going to do with it?

I'm planning on going to as big of a store as possible because I think they'll be paying less attention/care less. There's one near me that does online orders so I can just order it online then pick it up in store, that way I won't have to like walk in and pick out a gun, which seems harder. If they ask why I'm buying it I'll say like 'home security' and maybe something vague about my apartment and like 'wanting to feel safe' but I'll mostly try to avoid discussion.

I have no idea how this is going to go. I know there'll be a background check, I've never been hospitalized for mental health and have no criminal record, so good there. I know there's no license required for a shotgun in my state. Is there anything I'm missing? Are they gonna ask me if I have a gun safe or something? Or quiz me on how to use it?

I would love to hear experiences from anyone who's bought a gun. (Particularly in the upstate new york area.) Thank you.
 
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eternalmelancholy

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A full sized rifle sounds like it would be hard to handle. I have no experience with this but how are you supposed to pull the trigger? The only way I can think of is barrel in the mouth and toes to pull the trigger. Man that sounds sketchy.

Not stockpiling on firearms when I still had the chance is a huge mistake of mine. It is always better to have something and not need it than needing something but being unable to get it.

Is there a way to go to a firing range and rent a gun? Just to familiarize yourself. Maybe they can even teach you the basics before you buy. This would be way better than trying to figure it out on the day you want to ctb.
 
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If you never held a gun in you life, then you are definitely missing gun training. Guns are mean machines, and you do not want to end up in hospital because something went wrong, unless you love reconstructive surgery and hate money.

Buying a shotgun for self defense in USA should be a walk in the park. They want to sell the stuff, and you have the money. If they had no problem selling guns to mass shooters, why should they care about young lady concerned about her safety.

As far as real life experience goes, I find these videos both useful and entertaining:


 
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I'm planning on buying and using a gun. Due to my state laws I can only buy a shotgun. I'm a 23 year old young woman who's never held a gun in her life, much less been in a gun store. Is there any chance of them suspecting what I'm going to do with it?

I'm planning on going to as big of a store as possible because I think they'll be paying less attention/care less. There's one near me that does online orders so I can just order it online then pick it up in store, that way I won't have to like walk in and pick out a gun, which seems harder. If they ask why I'm buying it I'll say like 'home security' and maybe something vague about my apartment and like 'wanting to feel safe' but I'll mostly try to avoid discussion.

I have no idea how this is going to go. I know there'll be a background check, I've never been hospitalized for mental health and have no criminal record, so good there. I know there's no license required for a shotgun in my state. Is there anything I'm missing? Are they gonna ask me if I have a gun safe or something? Or quiz me on how to use it?

I would love to hear experiences from anyone who's bought a gun. (Particularly in the upstate new york area.) Thank you.
Ha wow, what a coincidence; I am also in the upstate NY area.

I do think you could buy a shotgun without a license from a store like Walmart (I've heard?). I'm considering getting one as well and I will likely tell them it is for my own protection and that I plan to get lessons in training. I think a handgun would be ideal but need to make sure it's a high enough caliber.
 
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eternalmelancholy

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Ha wow, what a coincidence; I am also in the upstate NY area.

I do think you could buy a shotgun without a license from a store like Walmart (I've heard?). I'm considering getting one as well and I will likely tell them it is for my own protection and that I plan to get lessons in training. I think a handgun would be ideal but need to make sure it's a high enough caliber.


I did some research into firearms before I got institutionalized and unable to pass background checks. If you are considering a handgun, you want a high velocity projectile like a .357 magnum or above. I would not trust something like a .22 or 9mm. You want to place the barrel in your mouth tilted up at an angle to hit your brain stem. Going over anatomy charts to conceptualize where the brain stem is located is a good idea.

A buckshot is probably the most lethal method but handling a full size rifle would be awkward. Getting familiar with firearms prior to ctb is highly recommended. I know that firing ranges rent out guns and many shops the workers can teach you the basics. You do not want to figure this stuff out on your own on the day you ctb. That is how botched attempts occur.
 
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Also keep in mind the 2-week waiting period. Firearm applications in NY also require references; any ideas on how to frame the application to relatives? lol