As they say, a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged.
I learned three things.
First, everything I had ever read about "evil guns" and the "bad second amendment" was nothing but lies.
Second, just buying a handgun in Michigan was difficult. And just transporting it home after leaving it for the required "police station check" was a felony. If caught.
Third, getting the required "Transport locked and unloaded for hunting/target range" permit was VERY expensive, convoluted, and took a LONG time.
Then, I retired to AZ in 1997. What a difference.