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For many young conservatives, the 2nd Amendment is more than just a controversial debate topic – it’s a way of life. However, if you didn’t grow up with guns in the house or going on hunting trips with your family, understanding the right to bear arms and shooting a gun for the first time can be a big deal. If you don’t know where to begin, here’s what you need to know:

It’s okay to ask questions 

When I shot a gun for the first time, I needed everything, down to what every part of the gun was, explained to me. I was really embarrassed. Looking back, I shouldn’t have been. This is a world that you may know nothing about. Trust me when I say it’s better to ask questions than be wildly confused and potentially hurting yourself or someone else. Besides, the people who volunteer to teach you how to shoot, friends, family, or shooting range employees, will be so excited to share their passion with you. Take advantage of it. No question is a stupid question. 

Before you ever pick up a gun, take a firearms safety class

Firearm safety is everything. Before you’re staring down a barrel at your first target, it is wise to take a gun safety class. These classes are geared at explaining how firearms function and how to protect yourself, and can even be geared towards your weapon of choice. The NRA, for example, offers a number of courses geared towards students, from pistol courses to personal protection courses at many locations throughout the country.

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Expect it to be loud

Most people who are new to shooting are shocked at just how loud a range can be – even with quality ear protection. Make sure to protect yourself as much as possible by researching and using the right type of ear protection. Prepare yourself for the noise so that you aren’t taken by surprise.

Always follow safety guidelines

Once you have your hands on a gun, it’s important to remember that you are holding a weapon. Under all circumstances, it is vitally important to remember to keep your gun pointed in a safe direction – even if your gun isn’t loaded or the safety is on. Know the weight of your gun and how to properly hold and grip it. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. Know the safety guidelines before entering the gun range. Always be aware of your surroundings, and follow safety guideline for safe shooting.

Have some fun

It can be intense to shoot a gun for the first time, but it’s also a thrilling and fun experience. There is truly no feeling quite like shooting a gun. Your first time pulling the trigger is sure to be a memorable and rewarding experience. Remember, safety is everything. Perhaps you too will become a gun enthusiast like the other conservative young women filling your Instagram feed!

Isabel B
Isabel is a Cabinet Member from the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado and is a proud CSU Ram. Next fall, Isabel will be attending Georgetown University to pursue her master's degree. She dreams of one day serving as the US President. She loves all things small government and second amendment, and is also a Turning Point USA Campus Coordinator and a proud member of PragerFORCE.