Your home is your castle, and wanting to have a firearm close at hand for emergencies is at the top of many gun owner’s lists. Responsible gun storage is a key element of gun ownership. Far too often we read about a firearm accident due to careless firearm storage. Likewise, as cool as a firearm hidden in a piece of furniture or flag frame may seem, criminals will find them. Have you ever looked up the stats of crimes committed with stolen firearms and wondered how the criminals are able to steal so many guns?
Let’s start with the guns that do not fit in the self-defense category. Any firearm that is not designated as your first line of defense, should be secured in a quality safe. Remember, you only have two hands and need them both to operate one gun.
As for your primary home defense gun or guns, and I only use the plural for multiple defenders, the firearms should be secured in a safe you can open quickly via a pushbutton combination, biometric sensor, or some sort of RFID card, bracelet, or other devices. If you want to be completely secure, carry your firearm on your person as dictated by 24/7 carry.
The dangers of a home break-in are always a possibility. Good security will go a long way toward protecting against theft. Beyond that is child safety—kids are curious and can find what is often thought to be a well-hidden gun, with tragic consequences.
When it comes to handling safety, it is important that children, from an early age, are taught about firearms handling—even if they are in a gun-free home. A classic example of what can happen is a child visiting a friend’s house where a gun is not secured. If discovered, a child should know not only the dangers but also know what to do and not do. Ignorance is dangerous. If they are not your children, do not be afraid to approach a friend or family member requesting that they allow you have the talk with their children.
Criminals obtain guns by any means and unfortunately, acquisition by theft is all too common. Apart from security in the home, the cases of theft from a vehicle are all too likely when storage is casual and in an unlocked vehicle. Once again, when feasible, carry on the person is perhaps the most desirable, but beyond that, there are devices available such that even if left in a vehicle, a firearm can be kept secure from easy theft.
Clumsy firearm security is in part what can give otherwise law-abiding gun owners a bad name, and only adds to the ammunition that gun control proponents have to further their agenda. Hopefully, this is all pretty much preaching to the choir with no apology made by keeping it front and center.
As a reminder to all, the basics of the late Jeff Cooper’s rules of gun safety should be learned by everyone and applied as constant life lessons.
- All guns are always loaded and should be treated as such.
- Never point a gun at anything you do not wish to destroy.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
- Know your target and what is beyond.
While all these rules should be faithfully followed, perhaps number two can be regarded as the biggest fail-safe. When fired, your bullet is no longer in your control so knowing its potential destination is vital—there is virtually no such thing as a firearm accident, only negligent discharge.
What measures have you to taken to ensure responsible gun storage? Share your answers in the comment section.