One overlooked point - Make sure you know the legalities where you live on transporting a firearm. Here in the PRK, we don't just walk it in to a gun store. It should probably be in an approved carrying case no matter where you are, just to avoid alarming anybody, and said case needs a lock on it while in the car, if you are in Cali (unless it is in the trunk).
I know I have been very vague here, as I don't want to misinform. The main point is to educate yourself on all points of firearm ownership. BTW, welcome to the fraternity