My family have been gun owners for years so I have been accustomed to firearms. I have recieved both a .22 bolt action rifle and a Springfield 20ga shotgun many years ago as Christmas gifts.
The first purchase of a firearm on my own was the S&W 39-2 9mm that is shown in my avatar. Since then I have added a few handguns and rifles to the "collection."
I got my Concealed Pistol/Revolver License in November 2009 just because I had wanted to do so for a few years but just never went through the process. One of my co-workers already had his and another co-worker wanted to get one and I went with him to the class and then the range. After I got my permit, my wife who hails from the Land of Lincoln got her permit as well.
Nothing really spurred me to get the permit, I just wanted the ability to carry concealed and be all legal with it.