Hi guncrazy. JonInNY's advice is excellent. We had already belonged to a couple of clubs. I love shooting trap and my wife enjoy's target shooting. And we took the advanced handgun classes after we first received our restricted permits. We dressed professionally when we went to the interview for the permit upgrade. The judge was pleasant, straightforward and liked the extra handgun courses we took, and he also took a liking to my wife. I was ignored for most of the time while they chatted up a storm on all different subjects. His #1 concern in the end is that you had the guns locked away in one location and ammunition in another. We have grandchildren. We were already warned in advance about his concerns and were fully prepared for his questions. You might want to try and find out all you can about your judge and their personal feelings on firearms which will help prepare you for questioning. In the end, even with the extra hoops, it turned out ok and we now have our full carry permits, and we are still taking advanced courses to keep our skills and knowledge sharp. Good Luck in your quest and please keep us informed.