What's the process for me to buy a gun at 19?

JackieJaii
Let me start by saying, If you're against guns, I don't give a shit.

I want a gun because I will be moving out to neighboring city on my own next year and I want a gun for home protection.
I'm a 19yr old woman 5'2 with a relatively small build, I have a clean record and no mental illnesses.

What kind of gun can I/should I buy as?
What's the process to own a gun legally in my state?
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My state is North Carolina by the way, sorry about that.
1 mo
I'm not looking to conceal carry or to buy a handgun/revolver. I would like a rifle though some people recommend a shotgun as best for home defense
What's the process for me to buy a gun at 19?
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