“Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.”
If you’ve read about gun safety, you’ve undoubtedly seen a rule that says to store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons. You may be wondering, just who is an unauthorized person and how do I secure the firearm and keep the gun ready for use?
Let’s look at who is an unauthorized person. This is anyone that you do not wish to have access to your firearm. It can be
children living in or visiting your household, visitors that may have the run of your house, or a worker that you’ve invited in for repairs on your home or vehicle. Of course, it also includes those that ARE NOT invited but come in anyway.
So how do you assure that it’s accessible and yet secure? The easiest answer is to lock them away. There are numerous manufacturers of gun vaults and gun safes. Gun vaults are smaller devices that lock away your handgun under a combination, RFID, or biometric lock. When placed on your desk, next to your bed or even in your vehicle they protect your handgun from unauthorized access. They have options securing them by the base so they don’t just walk away. There are various sizes to fit pocket to full size pistols. The cost ranges anywhere from $50.00 to $300.00 dollars depending on manufacturer and model.
If you have more than a few firearms, a gun safe is the way to go. There are safes that are specific to firearms only and safes that allow you to store valuables, important papers, and firearms in a fire retardant box. The interiors are generally customizable to support long guns as well as handguns and have many options from lighting to desiccants to gun stands. These aren’t as economical as the gun vaults as their cost ranges from a few hundred dollars to many thousands of dollars. Nevertheless, if you own many firearms, it’s worth it to protect them with a gun safe.
You even have the option of purchasing gun-safe furniture. These are tables, shelves, hallway mirrors, bookcases etc. and incorporate a gun vault Think of a piece of furniture where you’d want to hide a firearm and two to three manufacturers probably make it. A quick web search will turn up lots of choices. Gun furniture contain compartments where a handgun or rifle can be stored and still be readily accessible. The compartments are hidden and lockable and the manufacturer may or may not divulge the mechanism on their site. However, they will provide instructions for use once purchased.
As you can see, there are many options for being able to have your firearm accessible and keep it from unauthorized persons. All you have to do is choose the option or options that are right for you.