I bought a Marlin 60 22 Rifle about 3-4 months ago for some kind of simple home protection. Been taking it to the Nassau Range about once a week and have a blast shooting targets. Went through 150 rounds last week. Never shot a handgun and was thinking it would be fun. But hearing about all of the hassle and time to get a licence is turning me off.
You are one of the few who started off the smart way, with a .22. Most of us idiots, like me, start off with a 12 GA shotgun, and develop a flinch reflex from the recoil of shooting those slugs.
If you wan't to learn marksmanship, and some American history, you should go to an Appleseed. It is great training and a lot of fun. They are planning to have one at LIPSA sometime this summer, but it hasn't been scheduled yet.