I am in South Ga myself. I would recommend you have at least one kind of firearm. Even if it was something as small as a a Ruger p22 pistol. But you could get a lightweight .22 rifle and not weigh you down too much.. If you are alone, you need to have some kind of protection. There are a LOT of bad people out there. Especially if something were to happen and everything went to crap!! Just my 2cc's worth.. I do give you props for wanting to be prepared. You are one of the smart younger people out there. Most of the 20 somethings nowadays are only interested in phones,IPODS and internet!