Did you know that there are over 400 accidental firearm fatalities in the US every year? If you keep a gun in your household, it’s important that no one in your family becomes a part of these statistics.
The key to gun safety in the home is proper gun storage. If you store a gun improperly, kids can get their hands on it without knowing the danger. Furthermore, mentally ill or untrained friends or family members can get their hands on it.
So, how can you keep a gun in your house without risking death or injury? Read on to learn the answer!
The Key to Gun Storage
If you keep a gun in the house, you want to keep it safe and secure while still making it easy to access in the event that you need it. Likewise, if you keep collectible guns in the house, it’s important to keep them safe while still being able to access them when necessary.
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If you hear someone entering your house at night, you want to be able to get your hands on your gun before you leave the bedroom. The best way to do this is with a small, passcode-locked safe under your bed.
Ensure that only you know the key to the safe, and don’t share the code with anyone. If you use a safe that unlocks with a key, you risk someone else finding your key and unlocking the safe.
Kitchen Pantry Storage
The kitchen pantry is also a great place to store a gun. It’s easy to access in the event of a home invasion, and thieves rarely spend time in the kitchen. This means you’ll have unrestricted access to the weapon.
Similarly, the kitchen is often near a door, which means you can arm yourself and escape the premises to call the police. Remember, your primary goal is to defend yourself rather than incite violence.
Front Door Closet
You can also store a gun near the front door. This has the benefit of being easy to access while evacuating the property.
In addition, if someone is attempting a break-in on the front door, you can quickly arm yourself before they kick the door in.
Make a Plan
No matter where you store your gun, it’s important to have a plan. Establish a place where your family should meet in the event of an emergency, and make sure everyone knows and has practiced the plan.
Always know how you will arm yourself and escape the situation.
Gun Safety Is Easier Than You Think
With these gun storage tips, you can avoid a preventable tragedy. Keep your family out of the statistics by making sure you keep all firearms in a safe that’s locked with a code, and by creating a culture of safety in your house.
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