I am not far from you in Ohio.
Strongly recommend you take at least a CCW class and get your permit. A lot of CCW classes often extend their services into a basic intro class for beginners. Here they go beyond what is required to get the permit, and show you more on how to handle, shoot, and care for a gun.
As far as looking for firearms, I suggest Vance's, which is on Cleveland Ave. They have an awesome selection of guns, new and used. Always weekly sales, and whoever you deal with will spend as much time as you need with handling firearms and questions.
"Out of every ONE HUNDRED men, TEN should not be here, EIGHTY are nothing but targets, NINE are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they the battle make. Ah, but the ONE, ONE of them is a WARRIOR, and he will bring the others back."