Do you have any experience with shooting a handgun?
IF Yes: I would find a store that offers both, and feel em out and see which you like more.
IF No: I would recommend a class, and a .22 revolver. They are low recoil, and allow you to focus on the physical mechanics such as hold, trigger squeeze, ect, without feeling like its going to blow out of your hand or being afraid of it. I am biased because thats how I learned, and how I have introduced several people.
Just my two cents.
Gratz on the LTCH!