Learn your state's gun lawsThe Second Amendment in the United States Constitution protects, "the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." This protection, however, is not obsolete, and is subject to statutory and case law to further define the limitations of this right.

Gun control laws generally fall under the auspices of the state's governing powers. For this reason, it is important to become familiar with your state's laws regarding gun control and possession.

In California, for example, before you attempt to purchase a weapon, you can request the Department of Justice to conduct a firearms eligibility background check. Here you can find the DOJ's booklet on California Firearms Laws, and here is the DOJ eligibility background check  form for California.

The most common nuances you should be aware of include:

  • Background Check
  • Relevant waiting period
  • Whether or not you can carry a concealed weapon
  • What the transfer requirements are
  • Registration requirements

You can find information about federal gun control laws here. Also, be sure to visit the ATF's website, particularly the Laws, Regulations, and Rulings page.The National Rifle Association has an education & training page, in addition to other generally relevant information.