People look askance at folks who want to own guns because they've been brainwashed that guns are bad. It's insidious. There may come a day (and I hope I'm wrong) that your neighbor who is now uncomfortable with your choice may need a firearm to defend himself and/or his family.
I moved to NC because I could_not_stand NJ politics anymore. It sickened me *daily*. Born and raised there, left some family and good friends behind to make a new life somewhere else because of it...and taxes!
Anyway, welcome from a fellow noob and good luck on your permit process.