Most of us don’t really think about where we lock up our guns, and most of the time we don’t need to. But how do you lock up your guns?
First remember that no matter how well you lock up your guns, kids are going to find them. Key codes can be figured out or seen and a child who is curious and not respectful of firearms will find a way into them. The best way to combat this is to teach your children, as soon as possible to respect firearms and to practice the four rules of firearms safety. The same should be said for your friends who are regularly over at your house and your spouse if they are not fellow firearms enthusiasts. You don’t want someone who is not familiar with your firearms playing around with them. Remember that even decent firearm lock boxes or safes have weaknesses that can be easily defeated. Don’t assume that a gun safe is impermeable just because the manufacturer says it is.
Finally if you have strangers coming over you might also want to consider moving your guns to a more secure spot than the night stand. Having a gun easily accessible in the nightstand may be good when you are asleep and nearby but for house parties and other gatherings it might be better to move them into a lockbox or safe. The biggest thing that I don’t often see addressed is that each person has different requirements for safe gun storage and no solution will work for everyone. Take time, consider your personal needs and situation for safely storing your guns at home. Do you have kids? Do you live in an apartment where it’s not feasible to bolt down a heavy gun safe? What kind of budget are you looking at? Do you have some kind of plan if you do find that someone is breaking into your home in the middle of the night?
At the end of the day, you are the safety and the best thing you can do to make your guns safe is to be sure that you and others are being safe.
What recommendations do you have to keep your firearms safe at home? Sound off in the comments below.