Re: New to Firearm Ownership, Need Advice
Welcome to the forum.
I think it depends wholly upon what is right for YOU. Shotguns, rifles and handguns all have their advantages and disadvantages. So it depends on what else you will be using the gun for. For example; shotguns generally make excellent home defense weapons, but are not very concealable. Handguns are generally more concealable, and make good defense weapons in the right caliber, but are limited in range and to some extent, accuracy when compared to long guns. Also you should try shooting several different types and in varying calibers to see what you are comfortable with.
Hope this helps some at least.
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774_1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764