You’re required to go through training and orientation first. You must be able to disassemble the weapon and clean it, plus know the difference between bullet calibers and rate of fire. Afterwards you’ll be supervised by a weapons instructor and pass target practice. Then, and only then, will you be allowed to take the weapon home (Veterans and law enforcement are exempt).
I suppose I’m a bit naive — that isn’t really the word I need here, but I’m in a rush so it will have to do — living in Texas, educated, gun culture with family members who are stay-at-home arms merchants and others who were high ranking military officers in their day, training isn’t typical? The start of my husband training my son, and now starting with eldest daughter, is cleaning. A case with bushes, oil, and cloth. The common debate amongst the dads has been about Airsoft and the value of strategy games vs. the old school rules about never, ever, ever, point even a toy gun at someone. (One of the big misunderstandings outsiders have about gun culture is thinking it has no rules or standards. In fact, it has many.)
I’m open to the fact that I take training for granted, that it does not happen everywhere. But I promise, it does happen.