Those who keep guns in the home do so for family protection. The security and well-being of the household is first and foremost in their minds. Gun owners, who take this responsibility seriously, do everything possible to ensure that their loved ones are protected from home invaders or predators. It is imperative that this protection also includes securely and appropriately storing their firearms. Safety measures must be taken to prevent any firearm from falling into the wrong hands. There is a fine line between keeping guns away from children and still making sure that they can be easily retrieved when needed. Gun owners must take several steps to ensure that adequate safety issues are addressed when keeping and storing guns.
Locked Storage Boxes
Those with limited space may choose to store guns in a locked box such as a pistol box hidden in a well-concealed space where it is out-of-sight, but still easily accessible. Some people prefer placing them close-at-hand in a closet or under a bed. A locked box can help prevent a gun from accidentally being accessed by a curious child, but may not protect it from being stolen by an invader. The primary purpose of these storage boxes is to prevent unauthorized access.
All gun cases, especially metal ones with secure locks, can be effective in preventing unauthorized access to a weapon. Many are equipped with locks requiring a key, while others use a combination lock. Some more expensive models are equipped with mounting hardware, which serves as a theft deterrent. The fact that they are portable is a plus for some gun owners.
Even though the National Rifle Association recognizes the value of locking devices for all weapons, they warn that this is not enough to prevent accidents. They are successful in preventing a gun from being loaded and fired, but they do nothing to protect against thieves. Gun safes provide that extra needed layer of safety that is necessary even with the use of gun-locking devices. Gun safes provide the most secure method for storing all types of guns.
Any gun stored at home must be unloaded until it is ready to be used. The NRA also recommends storing ammunition separately from guns. Even though guns are powerful tools to own and have available when needed, they are stored far more often than they are in use. This makes choosing the safest storage options critical. Gun owners who use common sense and logic when using and storing firearms help keep everyone safer.