Safe Gun Storage: What to Consider?

Safe gun storage is critical, but the way you do it should depend on your circumstances. Here's what to think about.

posted on March 11, 2022

All gun owners understand the importance of keeping our firearms out of the hands of unqualified people. However, the question of safe gun storage has different answers for every NRA Woman. In this terrific video from Smith & Wesson's GUNSMARTS series, pro shooter and Second Amendment ambassador Julie Golob helps you get the conversation started.

For example, if you live alone, you don't necessarily need to worry about children accessing your stored guns ... but what about visitors to your home? Or, more concerningly, what about the potential for a burglary that occurs when you aren't home? (Criminals love to steal firearms due to their innate value and relative portability.) 

If you have other family members or roommates who share your home, the questions and the answers change. As Golob points out, it's important to communicate with your family about the firearms and how they are stored. There are multiple ways you can store your guns safely so that you can still access them quickly in an emergency. Whether you go with a fireproof safe, a hidden storage compartment in your furniture or a simple childproof lock, it's best to make these decisions now, not when a crisis is already in process.

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