Most people get a c&r license to help them buy firearms for a lesser cost than the average Joe. It is quite simple to fill out the forms. The wait can be a little long, but not always. You can buy c&r weapons without a license at almost any gun store, pawn shop, gun show etc. I personally have never bought a gun from a pawn shop, but have heard of people getting good deals, I'm not sure that most pawnshop workers are adept at judging the quality of a firearm, so most of my purchases were at gun shops. Once I became more confident in my ability to tell the clunkers from the good ones, I started making gun show buys. I've gotten some breauties over the years.