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There are an estimated 193 million guns in the United States, with some estimates as high as 250 million. According to a 1998 survey by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, 43% of households with children have a gun. Of those, one in ten of guns are loaded and one in eight is simply left unlocked and “hidden” in a safe place. You need a handgun safe.
Improperly storing a handgun is not only dangerous-it can be lethal.
Any household that children have access to should take the fn 5.7 responsibility of safely storing their handguns. The following are tips on how to properly and safely store your weapon in a handgun safe.
Tips for Safe Handgun Storage
1. Purchase a sturdy and reliable handgun safe that cannot be removed from your home and is not easily broken into. We recommend a new model fingerprint gun safe. You can designate who can use your fingerprint gun safe with a separate print needed for each person whom you allow.
2. Always store your gun in the locked safe, out of children’s reach.
3. Remove all ammunition from a gun that is not in use. This seems like a no-brainer but an inexcusable number of handgun deaths in North America occur because ammunition was left in a handgun.
4. Even when not loaded, store your gun with the safety on, even if it is in your handgun safe.
5. Lock ammunition and store it separately from the gun in a dry and cool place away from heat and fire.
6. Store the keys for the gun and the ammunition in a different area from where other household keys are kept-away from children’s reach. Or, even better, use a fingerprint gun safe. There was one occasion myself where I lost my safe key. My guns were inaccessible. Fortunately, I did find the key eventually but a fingerprint gun safe would have allowed me all-hours, no-key access.
7. Keep the guns dry, cleaned and oiled while in storage.
Biometric gun safes are thought to be the safest way to store a gun. Using fingerprint technology, only approved users have access, unlike traditional combination or key locks which take the chance of someone finding the key or combination and getting to your gun. Keeping guns away from children and other untrained users is the responsibility of any gun owner. Take the precautions to protect not only your family, but also everyone who comes into your household.
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