Gun Ownership with Children: How to Keep the Kids Safe and the Gun Ready

Too often, news pieces cover incidents where a child is killed or injured by a firearm that was left unsecured or not secured well enough. With children in the home, it can be a challenge to keep a firearm ready for home protection without giving the kids access to the guns. Many gun owners teach their children about the safe usage of guns and teach them how to be a responsible gun owner, which is a great thing. However, this should not be seen as a way to circumvent proper storage of firearms.

For some time, your children will be too young to understand the dangers of guns, yet are strong enough to turn those dangers into a tragic accident. Even after they are old enough to have an understanding of the dangers, there is curiosity. Curiosity can be a very powerful motivator that causes a child to do something they know is wrong, simply because they want to understand what is so magical about it that makes it off limits or restricted.

The number one thing to remember is that kids are always smarter than they are given credit for. Hiding spaces will be found and shelves will be climbed. Firearms need to be locked away. If a safe is not available, chamber locks or magazine-well locks need to be used. But, if a firearm is kept for home protection, this can be problematic. If it can keep a kid out, it will take you too long to get to it in an emergency, including conventional safes.

GunvaultFortunately, there are several safes that have quick access features that are fast enough to be used for home defense.

  • Biotechnology uses something from the user’s body to grant access. The most common is fingerprints.
  • Tactile systems have inputs that can be felt. Without looking, the user can place their hand or fingers on the safe, locate the correct combination, and have access to the weapon.
  • Magnetic locks allow the user to run a supplied magnet along a side or section of the safe, unlocking it for use.

By going to a gun shop or safe shop, you can find a safe that fits your home’s needs, keeping your children safe from intruders and the guns alike. There are so many options, however, that it is a smart idea to come up with a list of what is needed, what you want to avoid, and a price range. It can be broken down into sections:

  • Security: Do you only feel the need to keep children from being able to get access to a handgun, or do you need to a safe that can be bolted to the ground/wall so that thieves cannot walk off with it to get the guns out later?
  • Access: Will the guns in the safe only be taken out to go to the range, or will you need fast access to the weapon in the dark and under stress?
  • Price: Safes can range anywhere from $50 to a few thousand.
  • Size: Safes can be just big enough for one small handgun, or they can hold dozens of rifles, ammunition, and supplies.

By compiling a list of wants and needs before going to the shop, you are more likely to come home with a safe that fits the family’s needs and lasts for years.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Seth Belt

Seth grew up in Southern Arizona before joining the U.S. Navy. While serving in the Navy, Seth was an anti-narcotics operator and an anti-submarine operator for 5 years. He was lucky enough to travel to many of the Central and South American countries, as well as visiting many South East Asian nations and islands. One of Seth’s greatest joys from his time in the Navy was teaching new Sailors firearms education and safety. After leaving the Navy in 2010, Seth returned to Arizona and had a rough time learning how to be a civilian again, often working jobs that could barely pay the bills. After going to school, Seth became an Emergency Medical Technician in the Phoenix Valley, where he now lives with his wife and son.His areas of knowledge cover military, firearms, and emergency medicine.
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