By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog
Keeping a firearm in the home for self-protection and security is a decision which comes with a great responsibility.
Safety, safe handling and storage, a clear understanding of gun safety, training, as well as the support for having a firearm by other adults in the household – are circumstances that must be considered by a responsible owner of a firearm for home security.
Your biggest responsibility is being sure that children cannot access loaded firearms.
Kids are curious. Most kids have not been trained and disciplined to understand the true responsibilities that come with a firearm. Even if your kid (or young adult) has been trained and disciplined to properly respect the gun, there’s the situation when others may be visiting (for example). Just remember that fatal accidents can occur when children discover firearms that adults thought were safely hidden or out of reach.
When you are keeping a firearm for home security, the purpose is to have the firearm readily accessible to you. Not to others. Treat it as your weapon and your responsibility.
Where to keep your home security firearm?
A handgun can be ‘worn’ on your person, or it can be readily accessible in a quick-access case, pistol safe or gun safe. Even if there are no other people living in the household (perhaps just you, or you and your spouse), some may choose to leave a firearm openly accessible, although perhaps out of sight (e.g. in a closet, a drawer, etc..). Personally, I don’t like that notion. If you leave the home (without your firearm) and someone breaks in, your firearm will not be locked up. If you have guests over the house – you may not think about the fact that you have an accessible firearm which is out of your immediate control (what if your guests have kids?). In any event, I highly encourage a lockable gun safe or pistol safe (or multiple safes for various purposes). There are all sorts of sizes, shapes, and accessibility attributes to various gun safes