Hey folks, new guy from WA here. I'm not new to forums, pretty active on a couple local forums (motorcycles and jeeps) and stumbled across this site when googling the rules on purchasing a pistol online. I'm relatively new to firearms .. I've done what I feel is a fair share of research on which guns I'd like to carry/own, along with basic concepts of how to handle/fire a pistol, carry laws, etc etc. It's been a few years since I've shot a gun (2008) so I'm a smidge rusty on it and am in need of some practice. I'm a sponge when it comes to information, I want to make sure that I do everything right the first time instead of just jumping the gun (no pun intended) and buying a pistol THEN doing all my research. I'm more of a "monkey see monkey do" type learner for those that care to know. I'm applying for my CPL this week (if I can find the time) and waiting for that before I make my purchase. I'm an impatient bastard when it comes to paying for something then having to wait a few days before I can take it home. Plus, it gives me a few weeks to hit the range and really test out the pistols that I want (and maybe look into other options) before I drop some coin on a gun. Based off of feel (which is bogus to base off of because each gun shoots differently), I've come to the conclusion that the Ruger LC9(-CT) and Springfield XD9 SC are my two favorite options. I have yet to shoot either or, and am still open to options, but they're within the price range that I want to spend (XD is a stretch for me), both feel great in my hands and will get the job that I want them to do done. This is why I am buying a gun: Why not? Home Defense (caught a couple guys staring at my motorcycles up close in my shared garage and ran when I came around the corner) Carrying (not ALL the time, but when I feel the need to) Why not? For fun Target Practice Why not? This is why I'm here: To learn from the people who's been enjoying this hobby much longer than me To learn more about gun safety / laws / etc To learn more about other types of guns (shot guns / AR's / etc) To meet new folks. Here are the main questions I'm looking to get answered immediately: (If I need to start a new thread, I have no problem doing so, I figured I'd just lay it all out on the table) What are the laws/restrictions to purchasing a pistol online? (from a reputable website) My girlfriend's best friend has a shot gun she's looking to get rid of because it reminds her of her ex. She said I can have it for free (woot), what do I need to do (if anything) to be able to transfer ownership/register it/etc etc? I think that wraps it up for me .. Sorry for the long intro, I'm here to learn and hopefully pick up a new (expensive) hobby!