Before using a handgun for any purpose, make sure you know the law.
- Although the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees citizens the right to keep and bear arms, federal laws regulate the interstate sale and transportation of handguns. In addition, every state government and many local governments have laws that govern and define the use of handguns.
- You should know your rights and responsibilities under your state's laws pertaining to self-defense and the use of force.
- Ignorance of handgun laws is not a valid excuse for violating them.