1. Train your family in the Four Rules of Firearms Safety
The best safety for any gun is between your ears. And the ears of everyone in your family. Everyone who may have access to firearms should understand and respect The Four Rules of Gun Safety.
As a responsible firearm owner, you should know that any safe storage device can be breached, from simple trigger locks or other locking devices to a tank-like safe. All a good burglar has to do is either A) use enough force, or B) use the combination. If you think your kids (even young children) are too weak or dumb or unmotivated to get unauthorized access to your guns, you’re only right until you’re not. They can be very resourceful.
It must also be said: we’re all human. It’s entirely possible that you’ll leave your safe open by mistake. Or forget to put your gun away. Or a guest may not safely store their gun in your house.
The only way to increase the odds of preventing a potential storage-related tragedy is to make sure your family members know how to safely handle guns.
2. Home carry
Home is where you spend most of your non-working time and where your most precious things — your family — are. Don’t be one of those gun owners who thinks he’ll have plenty of time to go fetch his gun in an emergency. Turning home defense into a foot race to a lock box or safe is a bad idea. And in terms of gun safety, home carry is is the safest way to go.
What gun do you handle most? Your carry gun, right? If that gun is on your person, you’re in control of it and it’s right there if and when you need it for self-defense.
But you can’t carry all your guns around the home, or even one gun all the time. So you need to . . .
3. Get a “proper” safe
Plenty of people keep a shoebox-sized biometric lock or combination lock gunvault by their bed to lock up their gun. Some use cable locks or other forms of gun locks. Some have small gunvaults placed strategically around the house. There are plenty of viable options for safe gun storage.
If family members have been trained and are gun-safe, OK, sure, that works. As long as you understand that it takes only seconds to prise open any small gun box.
But every gun owner with a long gun and/or multiple handguns needs a “proper” safe for secure firearm storage. By that I mean a larger unit — let’s face it, we tend to accumulate them over time — that’s a difficult to open by unauthorized persons without the combination or tools and a lot of time.
There as many big safes on the market as there are gun guys warning you how easy it is to defeat them. They’re not entirely wrong; research your safe purchase thoroughly. That’s why Al Gore invented the internet, right?