Why own a firearm?
Self-protection is the most evident reason to own a gun. It’s hard to minimize the value of a weapon when you are being attacked or assaulted by another individual. Even if you don’t use the firearm, someone knowing that you have a weapon on you can significantly make the difference between you being attacked or escaping to safety. It’s likely that someone who wants to attack you will have a gun or a weapon of some sort, so it seems reasonable to carry one in the event that you are attacked.
Another reason to own a firearm is that it is your right to do so. As we’ve stated, the second amendment of the Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms. Additionally, the amendment states that the law “shall not be infringed.” With that in mind, you have no reason not to buy a gun unless you feel like the presence of one would be dangerous to you or the people in your home. You don’t necessarily need a specific reason to own a gun, but the fact that you can is a luxury that you have as an American Citizen.
Aside from the many practical reasons to own a firearm, they can be really fun to shoot. Watching streaming services, learning an instrument, and playing a sport are all hobbies that don’t need to be justified. Taking your gun to a range and shooting it can be a way to release stress and practice something. It’s healthy to have activities we enjoy that make us think and relieve stress.
Having it and not needing it vs. needing it and not having it.
A firearm is an investment in your safety and the potential safety of others. In an unpredictable world it is comforting to know that should the need arise we can protect ourselves and our loved ones. How many times in your life can you recall a situation where you wished you would have had something when you really needed it?
If you are lucky enough, you will never have to use your firearm for protection against others. But in the event that you may need to, you will be happy that you have a firearm available for self-defense.
Gun ownership is not only our right as Americans it is a privilege we all have. As with any privilege it is on us to exercise it properly and not abuse it. You have the privilege to drive a car, you are responsible for not causing car accidents and working with the rest of society to make commutes safer and the same rules apply to gun ownership. Our right to own a firearm comes with the duty of responsible gun ownership.
Responsible gun ownership requires knowledge about your firearm, its mechanics, and knowledge about other firearms as well. Enroll in a firearms safety course to educate yourself and your family on how to responsibly use a firearm, knowledge is power and with power comes great responsibility.
Firearm storage is important to the life of the firearm and the safety of those around you. Firearms must be stored unloaded and in a locked location, separate from ammunition. The storage area should be cool, clean, and dry, storing firearms in closed gun cases or scabbards isn’t recommended because moisture can accumulate.
Store your firearms horizontally, or with the muzzle pointing down. When guns are stored upright, gravity pulls the gun oil downward into the action, which can form a sticky film potentially jamming the action. Oil also can drain onto the stock, softening the wood leading to breakage in the stock of your gun.
Displaying guns in glass cabinets or wall racks is not ideal as it is an invitation to thieves and curious children. If guns are stored in an accessible area, such as a closet, put a locking device on each case to ensure they are not easily accessible. Ideally, guns should be hidden from view and locked. Storage devices with hidden compartments are available and for the best protection against theft and fire damage, purchase a gun safe.
- Smith & Wesson
- Springfield Armory
- Sig Sauer
- Heckler & Koch
- Charter Arms
- North American Arms
- Radical Firearms
- FN Herstal
- Rock Island Armory
- Charles Daly
Visit our Firearm Retail Showroom
Expanded in July 2021, our firearms retail space was relocated to our pawn shop. Just two doors over from the range, we offer a large selection of new and used firearms that fits everyone’s budget. Our inventory changes daily. Stop by today!
Our sales associates are available to assist you with choosing your weapon and answer any questions you might have.
Visit Our Shooting Range & Retail Showroom at:
104 W. Mercury Blvd.
Hampton, VA 23669
Layaway Program – 10-10-10
We offer a free layaway program. You can own that gun you have been wanting with just 10% down, 10% a month for 10 months. You can even pay it off early with no penalties or hidden fees. Once activated, the MobilePawn app will even allow you to view your layaway balance, next due date, and make payments. All from the comfort of your home. For instructions on how to activate your MobilePawn features, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQmOkJHXGWA
Here’s an example of a layaway:
You purchase a firearm for $550 plus tax and background check ($5)
Down Payment: $63.30
9 Payments of $58.30
It’s that easy!
Firearm Purchase Process
What forms will you have to fill out:
- Virginia Firearms Transaction Record SP-65
- Federal Firearms Transaction Record Form 4473
- For Military:
- Your PRIMARY ID must be a valid Active-Duty Military ID.
- Your permanent duty orders to a VA duty station. This must be provided in paper (not electronic). We only need to see it, we do not need a copy.
- For Civilian:
- Your Virginia Drivers License or valid I.D. card showing your current address. Card issued must be at least 30 days old.
- Active Duty Military: The address, you place on the 4473 must be your physical address. If an active-duty military member lives in the barracks or squad bay with no address, the physical address of the immediate command must be entered into the address section.
How much does the background check cost?
- The Virginia State Police charges $5.00 for the background check. Your dealer collects the $5.00. This applies to everyone, military or civilian.
Types of Responses
There are four types of State Police responses that can happen with a firearm background check. These are listed below
Approved: If the State Police respond with “Approved” then the firearm purchase is good to go and the purchase can go through.
Delayed: If the State Police respond with “delayed” then the firearm purchase is placed on hold and in a sort of limbo status. There can not be any further action including refund or changes.
In Research: If the State Police respond with “In Research” then the transaction is treated like “Delayed” however, this will take a longer period of time for State Police to come back with an answer.
Denied: If the State Police respond with “Denied” the firearm purchase is at that point stopped and the customer has a choice of getting the full amount of the purchase back as “In Store Credit” or they can get a cash refund minus a $200 restocking fee.
What comes with your firearm?
There are several items that typically come with a new firearm and includes but is not limited to
- User Manual
- Gun Lock
- Warranty Guide
- Other accessories like different grip sizes, optic plates (depends on the brand and model)
Seven Free Visits on Our Range
Every firearm purchase gets 7 free gun range visits upon approval and pickup!
*Optional – Smart Plan
We offer Smart plans and a comprehensive return policy. The following are bullet points detailing these.
- Firearm Smart Plan
- 6-month exchange
- Full credit on exchange
- Smart plan does not transfer to new firearm
- One free deep cleaning ($35 value)
- Used General Merchandise Smart Plan
- 6 month full in store credit
- Must be in the same condition as when purchased
- In store credit or equal replacement when available (example: craftsman leaf blower breaks, replace it with craftsman leaf blower that’s comparable and on sale at the time. Otherwise full in store credit)
- Must not show excessive wear.
- New General Merchandise Smart Plan
§ Full refund within 30 days on all new merchandise still in original factory packaging.