I think it all depends on what kind of gun you want. Do you want a shotgun? A rifle? A handgun?
If you're thinking of home defense in case of a revolution, you'll probably want all three.
For personal defense you're probably better off with a handgun. There are plenty to choose from, and many have advantages over others, but the bottom line in ANY gun is, it's not effective if you can't hit what you're aiming at. So yes, take classes (they're probably required anyway), and practice, practice, practice.
Even the cheapest, smallest caliber handgun is going to get the attention of the Bad Guy if you shoot him in the ribs or the gut. Even if you catch his leg, he's going to have to seriously reevaluate his need to work harm on you if you've lodged something deep within him from 20 feet away. And that's just with a .38 Special. You get a larger caliber and you're talking immediate stopping power, whether he's high or not.
You should definitely take a course in gun safety. Honestly, it should be a requirement to own a firearm in my opinion.
What are you getting a gun for, or what do you want to use it for? Simple home protection? If that's the case, I'd just get yourself a cheap, but comfortable/dependable 9mm. Hi-Point makes a very affordable 9mm. It's certainly nothing special, has quite a bit of weight to it, but it's dependable and is probably cheaper than any other quality 9mm you're going to find. Here's a link to the Hi-Point 9mm page - http://www.hi-pointfirearms.com/handgun ... t_9mm.html. And here's a video about it's cleaning and some other details - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YxzMal-NY0. So that's the one I would recommend if you're not looking for anything special.
acsguitar wrote:I want something just in case of crazy people trying to overthrow the government or something.
Anyways can I get an AK 47? Is that a semi?
I don't think you'll be able to legally purchase an AK. An SKS, however, you can go get. I think they run around $400 and have a ton of options now. I have one I bought when I was a teenager for about $100 and the value has skyrocketed. Really fun to shoot. Basically the same rifle as the AK, but semi-auto. http://www.sks-rifles.com/
You're in Denver, correct? I think this is the legalese for owning an AK-47 in Denver...
(a) Legislative intent. The city council hereby finds and declares that the use of assault weapons poses a threat to the health, safety and security of all citizens of the City and County of Denver. Further, the council finds that assault weapons are capable both of a rapid rate of fire as well as of a capacity to fire an inordinately large number of rounds without reloading and are designed primarily for military or antipersonnel use. The city council finds that law enforcement agencies report increased use of assault weapons for criminal activities. This has resulted in a record number of related homicides and injuries to citizens and law enforcement officers. It is, therefore, the intent of the city council to place reasonable and necessary restrictions on the sale and possession of assault weapons while placing no restrictions on the right of citizens to use weapons which are primarily designed and intended for hunting, target practice and other legitimate sports or recreational activities and the protection of home, person and property.
(b) Definitions. The following words and phrases, when used in this section, shall have these meanings respectively ascribed to them:
(1) Assault weapon shall include all firearms with any of the following characteristics:
a. All semiautomatic action, centerfire rifles with a detachable magazine with a capacity of twenty-one (21) or more rounds.
b. All semiautomatic shotguns with a folding stock or a magazine capacity of more than six (6) rounds or both.
d. Any firearm which has been modified to be operable as an assault weapon as defined herein.