I just re-read the initial post here and I’ve got a problem with this
It would cost $3,000 for me to buy a long gun and get basic training, IF I could get a license. A handgun license is almost impossible to obtain
You could get an un-issued Chinese SKS and 1000+ rnds of ammo for UNDER 500 dollars. Licenses are easy to obtain (just a few weeks ago my nephew got his under 18 kids license). To own a handgun you just have to do the same course but which also goes over restricted firearms (Then you’d have an R-PAL, which is Restricted Possession and Acquisition License).
If you do wish to get into owning firearms for the whole prepping stuff (and for fun because they can be fun), you should go to your nearest Gun Club or store and they’ll be more than happy to help you in your quest. Well, unless you’re legally unable to own firearms, in which case this post just wasted a little bit of your life lol
Canadian Patriot. Becoming self-sufficient.