Well this weekend I took the first step in the multi-step process you must take in my state, Massachussetts, to legally own and posess a gun. I took the State Police approved gun safety course. It costs $150.00 and basically you spend a few hours going over the basics of guns and gun safety. I passed the course and then the instructor took us shooting for a little bit. Now that i've got my safety certificate I have to go to the police station and apply for an appointment for an interview. Once I get the appointment and am interveiwed by the local police officer who does it (another $100.00 for an appointment fee) and they decide if I can get a liscesnse and what type of restrictions it will or will not have. If they deny me I do NOT get back that 100 bucks. After that I can buy a gun and enjoy my constitutional right to posess a firearm without violating my state's laws. They dont make it cheap or easy but still, in this very liberal state, you can get a gun permit if your willing to jump through the hoops. I plan on gettin a full liscense with no restrictions. I may already have a few guns kicking around but at least after liscensing I wont get arrested for having them .