I am a licensed, responsible gun owner. I own one handgun that I use to shoot at the range. I keep it locked in a safe as required by law, and (although I am allowed to) I do not keep live ammunition in my home, out of an abundance of caution.
Gun ownership is abnormal in Canada where I live; only about 5% of the population is licensed like me. In addition, I am aware as a man that women may be concerned about the implications for domestic violence. Because I practice a legal activity that may nevertheless cause prospective partners distress or objection, I would like to know the proper way, and stage of the relationship, to broach the subject in a way that ensures they feel safe.