One of the most important responsibilities of owning a firearm is understanding how to store it properly. It’s vital that you keep them secured from unauthorized people. Today, we want to share a few ideas for places to store your guns and tips to ensure they’re kept in good condition and protected.
Three Common Places To Store Guns
Although there are many places to store firearms, here are three common places that we recommend:
Gun Storage in the Home
If you keep guns in your home, they should all remain locked in a safe. It’s important to consider keeping stored firearms unloaded in the event of a house fire; if a chambered firearm reaches a temperature hot enough to ignite the cartridge propellant (gun powder) it will send the projectile (bullet) out of the muzzle as if under normal operation. That’s obviously a very dangerous and avoidable scenario for first responders, loved ones and neighbors. There is no danger however in keeping loaded magazines stored in your safe. In fact, it is encouraged, because your personal, home defense firearms are useless without properly loaded magazines at the ready.
We recommend that you opt for a quality biometric or combination safe. Consider getting a rifle safe for long term storage of long guns as well as pistols and ammunition. We highly recommend securing your safe(s) to the floor or in the case of a bedside pistol safe, be sure to secure it to an easy access location and more permanent structure. Preventing firearms theft is your responsibility as a safe gun owner.
One option we don’t necessarily recommend is a storage locker. These are generally easy to break into and relatively lightweight, making them more vulnerable to theft. However, if this is the only option you have, make sure you get a high-quality lock and secure it in such a way that it cannot be easily removed from your home.
With gun ownership and firearms theft on the rise, you want to make sure that your guns are properly secured to avoid any potential risks to you, your family and your community.
Gun Storage in Your Vehicle
We’re all guilty of it — leaving an unlocked firearm in our vehicle at one point or another, but that doesn’t override the fact that it’s a terrible practice. Being armed to protect yourself and others is imperative in today’s day & age, but leaving an unsecured gun in your vehicle is extremely irresponsible. Vehicle thefts shot up 21% in 2020 and make up a substantial number of overall thefts in America. Vehicle break-ins are at an all-time high. If you haven’t been a victim of a vehicle break-in, chances are you know someone that has. A good option for storing your gun in your vehicle, in the event that you can’t take it with you is a lockbox attached to the interior of the console, interior of the glove box or secured to an otherwise out-of-sight location with easy accessibility to you. There are a number of excellent biometric safe options on the market specifically designed for cars, trucks and even boats. Also, don’t make it evident that you’re locking a gun in your vehicle. Additionally, never travel with a round in the chamber while driving; if you get into an accident, you could unintentionally send a bullet to an unattended target. The number one rule in safe gun handling… never point a firearm at something you do not intend to destroy. This rule is to be never taken for granted.
Gun Storage in Your Office
The best storage option for your office, like your home and vehicle is a secured safe. If concealed carry is permitted at your workplace, chances are you’re not going to carry it throughout the day if you sit at a desk. In that case, we suggest a quick access bio safe secured to a location within arms reach in the event of an emergency. The three biggest takeaways from this blog are, make sure you have quick access to your self-defense firearms at all times, make sure they are properly secured and lastly, always keep the potential for a fire in mind. These three factors are key components of responsible firearms ownership in every location.
NOTE: Always follow the big three gun safety rules.
- Never point a muzzle at something you don’t intend to destroy
- Always keep your gun unchambered until ready to shoot (holster carry exempt)
- Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you’re on target and ready to shoot
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