My wife has a hatred of guns so for the 10 years we have been together I have not really challenged the "No Guns in the House" rule. Just not that important to me. Well the past couple of weeks there have been some incidents in the area. Tonight at 11pm a state trooper knocked at our door about someone breaking into the shed of the neighbor behind us. I have had it. I need something more then the dogs we have in the house to protect us. I am going to head out to the range with my friend this weekend to shoot some guns. I wrote down the ones that are in the "sticky" list and will see if they have any of those that I can rent. Shooting is not new to me. I qualified on the M-16 when I was in ROTC and I used to shoot .22's at my local armory as part of an NRA saftey course that I took. Once I decide on the gun that I would like to buy, where should I purchase it from? Is it better to buy from your local gunsmith or from an internet site? Does it matter if you buy a gun from someplace out of state? The shit is going to hit the fan but I can't afford to wait 15+ minutes for the state police to show up if someone decides they want to break into my house or do something worse.