Taurus pistols IMHO are well worth the money and any 1911 model has the advantages of many safeties where most of the 'coveted' Glocks have no real safeties except the one on the trigger. That's why you see the YouTube videos of cops shooting themselves in the foot or butt!
I admit I'm partial to the 1911 style having had one in the Navy and putting many rounds through it. Also, 45 ammo is reasonably priced and has good stopping power. You'll probably have it for a 'end table' safety device so when you actually NEED it, the adrenaline will be flowing and those safeties will help you to keep from shooting everything but what you want. Also a fairly heavy trigger pull would be an advantage in this situation. Got that advice from a policeman friend.
You need a firearms license to buy a shotgun??? Holy crap! Here in Georgia we only need one to carry concealed and they've done away with fingerprinting.