I used to enjoy shooting BB guns at targets in my youth, but my folks wouldn't let me have my own since we had neighbors living behind us and there wasn't any good place to shoot one in our yard. I like the idea of target shooting at a range, and to a small extent I'd like to have something in the house since reports of break-ins while folks are home seem to be making it into the news occasionally. Trouble is, I only know some very basic stuff about handguns, like single action vs. semi-auto, and I can tell a 9mm from a .22. BB air rifles are the only thing I can say I've ever handled, and that was a long time ago. Any tips for a noob, like how to get my feet wet? Do these seem like reasonable reasons for having one? More importantly, where would I learn all the ins and outs of how to stay on the good side of the laws?