Keeping Your Guns at the Ready – Do’s and Don’ts


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Gun safety is an integral part of gun ownership never to be overlooked. Unfortunately, most gun safety courses are focused on drawing and holstering your weapon, marksmanship, and trigger control.

While these are important aspects of owning and shooting a gun, they don’t teach you what its like to have to use your firearm for self-defense.  What is the best way to keep your survival gun so it’s always at the ready?  How do you do so without jeopardizing the safety of your family and self?

After all, when SHTF and the looters come knocking, they aren’t going to wait patiently while you run to your safe and load up.  No one ever wants to use his/her gun against a human target.  But if your life is on the line the best gun for survival will always be the one you have on you that’s ready to fire.

Below we will take a look at some do’s and don’ts for keeping your guns at the ready.

1. DO invest in a high quality safe.  Especially if you have children in your home, this should be a given.

But its not just children that you have to worry about gaining access to your guns.  Housekeepers, nosy neighbors, house guests, and visiting relatives could stumble upon a firearm if its laying in wait, and that’s an accident waiting to happen.

Fortunately, many of today’s safes allow much quicker access than the lock-and-key versions of years past. GunVault is an example of a company that employs the use of biometric technology that gives you access to your safe with the scan of a fingerprint.

They also make several keypad entry safes, which are also quicker to access than traditional key varieties.  In an emergency, these types of safes will get you to your guns quickly while still keeping them safely away from children and any unwanted attention.

2. Don’t simply hide your guns and expect no one to find them.  Also, don’t give anyone access to your safe codes unless they have your trust and the training to shoot.

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Don’t think that stowing your rifle on top of your china cabinet is putting it out of reach in a safe place.

The same goes for a handgun shoved under a mattress or stuffed in a sock drawer.  Though easily accessible, these should not be considered suitable locations to keep your weapons.

3. Do consider keeping your firearms and ammunition separately, stored in different locations.  This is especially pertinent if you chose to forgo the use of a gun safe.

In the hands of an untrained user, an unloaded gun and a box of ammo might as well be a stick of dynamite and a match. That doesn’t mean you have to keep the gun on the top floor and the ammo in the basement.  Simply keep them separated enough as to not incite an accident.

If SHTF, you’ll have more reason to keep both gun and ammo in more easily accessible locations, if not on your person.

4. Don’t keep your firearms loaded in the house.  In some cases doing so is illegal, but in any case it’s outright dangerous.

It may sound like the only way to be prepared for an unwanted home invader or hostile situation, but it’s more likely to be a liability than an asset.  As mentioned above, its better to keep your guns and ammo separate and locked up whenever possible.  If keeping a loaded gun is an absolute must for you, make sure it is at the very least locked up whenever not in use.

5. Do perform proper maintenance on your gun.  In a home defense scenario, the last thing you want to experience after pulling out your trusty firearm is a jam or misfire.  If you’re betting your life on the function of your gun, you’ll want to make sure it’s clean at all times to avoid any setbacks.

That means cleaning and lubricating your firearms after every trip to the range.  Most gun stores sell gun cleaning kits that include solvent, lubrication oil, rod and jag, and everything else you need for a basic clean.

6. Don’t let your guns lay around for extended periods of time without seeing any use or attention.  Accordingly, don’t take your gun to the range day in and day out without ever cleaning it in between.  If it’s a gun used for seasonal hunting or recreational range shooting, you can allow a bit more residue to build up before needing to address it.

Fortunately, modern powder is non-corrosive and won’t eat through the barrel of your gun, which gives you some leeway on how often it must be cleaned.  Just don’t expect that your grandfather’s shotgun in the closet that hasn’t seen the light of day in years will perform on demand when you need it at a moment’s notice.

carrier7. Do consider opting for concealed carry.  The ability to carry your (loaded) weapon on your person is a privilege you should consider if within the law and realm of possibility for you in your area.

Simply put, there is no better way for you to be armed at all times, whether at home or in public, than with a concealed weapons carry permit.

8. Don’t neglect the laws of your local area when it comes to owning and carrying a weapon.  The last thing you want is to have your guns confiscated by the authorities before a SHTF situation, leaving you without proper protection.  Don’t expect to carry your firearm around in public without being harassed unless you are lawfully permitted to do so.  Also, don’t purchase any firearms from anywhere other than an authorized dealer, as that too could pose legal issues.

dreamstime_xs_315295409. And lastly, do invest as much time as you can practicing with your firearm and staying up to date on safety and training techniques.  Don’t assume that you know everything about guns just because you have military experience or have been hunting for decades.

Every scenario is different and you never know when you may face a situation that you haven’t prepared for.  Practice, practice, and more practice will give you a much better chance of accessing your gun and using it effectively to defend you and your home.

Find out more about home and self defense for survival on Bulletproof Home.com.

This article has been written by Cody Griffin for Survivopedia.

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About Cody Griffin

Cody Griffin is do-it-yourselfer, and avid outdoorsman. He is a self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades and his work can be found across the web on several survival, outdoor, and lifestyle blogs. You can send Cody a message at cody.griffin [at] survivopedia.com.

Comments

  1. eastofaustin says:

    You can't disagree with anything said, but it feels like it was written by a lawyer. It doesn't give any real advice.

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  2. Happyclinger says:

    Wow. I'm going to contradict you on several points. First, yes, get a safe, but do not get a safe with any kind of electronic lock. In an EMP or other power catastrophe, you will not be able to open your safe.

    Second, guns don't "lay" in wait, like highwaymen plotting to ambush innocents that may happen along.

    Third, you should keep your guns accessible to you. Even if you have kids, and especially if you have kids, you need to have weapons accessible wherever you think you may need to access them - even in your kids' rooms. (shock) Ok, in a safe in your kids' rooms. If someone breaks into your home, where is the first place you'll go? To protect your kids. Be smart.

    Fourth, an unloaded gun is no use to you in an emergency situation. Are you going to ask the intruder to "hold on, while I unlock my safe, get my gun and ammunition, and load up?" I think not. I'd even suggest keeping a round chambered, especially if your weapon is double action only.

    Finally, and most egregious, carrying a gun is NOT a privilege; IT IS A RIGHT. Shame on you. Are you some kind of liberal?

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    • Other reasons to select manual over electronic lock safes is that they are not going to run out of battery power if you forget to change the batteries on a regular basis like you're supposed to do with smoke detectors. You can still get into the electronic ones, but you have to hunt down the access key once you've dismantled the battery compartment. That takes more time than a manual safe. Additionally, an experienced thief can crack an electronic lock faster than a good manual combination lock.

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  3. It is nearly impossible to "childproof" a house, but you can darn sure "gun proof" a child. Five generations in my family (I'm in the middle) have successfully taught gun safety and proper respect for the destructive capability of firearms beginning at our children's age of reason. The National Rifle Association and nearly all state rifle associations and state Hunter Education agencies have training materials (many free) for teaching firearm safety and they work. Texas made hunter education mandatory in 1988 and the one millionth student was certified in 2013. The number of hunting related deaths and accidents has been cut in half with most of those still occurring coming from people who were "grandfathered" out of the education requirement. There is no substitute for proper education.

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  4. I disagree with points 3 & 4 above.
    What good is a gun that is unloaded?
    What good is a gun in the house if the ammo is locked up somewhere else?
    We own an RV Park and we sometimes get seedy looking thugs in for an overnight stay. I keep a sawed off 12 Ga. Pump, and a 45 Auto, and a 44 Mag revolver behind my desks in the office, all on safety. Every room in my house, which is connected to our office, has at least one pistol...All fully loaded, ready to cock and fire. Home invaders and/or robbers take less than 10 seconds to get the advantage. It takes me less than 5 seconds to prepare. And you don't even want to think about entering our bedroom at night unannounced. I don't want to carry a weapon around in my house. It is uncomfortable and dangerous to me and my wife. All my guns are concealed in cubby holes under towels, but easy to grab.
    No kids around...they're all grown up. We don't let visitors kids roam around unattended. All my hunting guns are locked up in our gun safes.
    Now what is wrong with my system?

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    • I do not disagree with about having loaded guns in your house as you said, Gary. It seems that you have found a good solution for you and your wife. But would this kind of solution be suitable also for a family with (small) children?
      Thank you a lot for your feedback.

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      • I have small kids, two boys (ages 2 and 4). I would never do so for obvious reasons, but I perfectly could leave a loaded AK out in the open in their play room any day and all day. That's how much confidence I have in their discipline not to touch firearms. It's simply a way of life around a firearms instructor that they know what they are and that they aren't to touch them just like a hot stove, kitchen knives, or anything else dangerous. Even small children can be taught if you teach them to think rather than what to think. If a barely two year old boy can immediately identify a random gun part (not even a whole gun), such as a magazine or spare spring, and know not to touch it, then an older child can as well. Sacrificing home security because of speculation about other people's kids is a little absurd...

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    • CarlCasino says:

      I am a cc holder by choice. All my weapons are always loaded. All my Grandchildren have been trained( my 6 year old is a terrific shot with my Beeman.) I have a 9mm pea shooter on me 24/7 and my .45 LC is normally not more than 20 ft. away. My 870 and 1100 are loaded with turkey and or buckshot and hidden "In Plain Sight". My .223 with 25 thirty round mags are fully available is you know where to look. I am 75 and have been self employed for the last 30 years and by necessity carry large sums of cash and work in some very, very high crime areas.
      unloaded guns are similar to pneumatic nail guns with no pneumatics.

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  5. This fool is spouting the liberal lies about guns. An unloaded gun is not any safer than a loaded gun...but a loaded gun can be used to protect yourself an unloaded gun us useless for anything. Children are never a problem around guns as long as their parents educate them in gun safety. The accidents happen in households where parents hide the guns and never educate their kids about them. You don't need a carry permit to carry in your home except in the extreme minority of places where there are illegal restrictions on guns and they have insanely high crime rates that the gun restrictions make possible. Defending yourself is a right that we all have and no one needs anyone else's permission to exercise that right. Owning any tool to defend yourself is not illegal no matter what the liberal/Marxists want everyone to believe. If everyone had a gun and the practice it takes to defend themselves you would see crime drop to almost nothing. In fact I don't know about the practice part, but gun ownership has doubled in the last 10 years and surprise the violent crime rate has fallen to half of what it was. So its time to throw out the liberal/Marxists and go back to where we were 70 years ago when crime was almost unheard of and everyone carried a firearm, no permits were needed and there were no problems.

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    • I agree with every thing you said in your post except the second word. You should never call someone a fool who is merely stating his opinion. Free speech is one reason I carry.

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    • There are some areas of our country, such as the "peoples republic of Chicago" where it is illegal to have handguns much less carry on one's person. Even in Texas it is a penal code violation to store your firearms carelessly so that a minor can have unfettered access to a loaded gun. The author, I believe, was making the point that you have to be aware of your local and state laws to avoid conflict with authorities. We all need to block vote against those politicians who seek to disarm us.

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      • Gary Lee says:

        James, the people who blindly obey the stupid gun laws in this country need to get their answer ready to Saint Peter when he asks, "What happened?" They can always get a lot of "WOW's" by saying, "I was obeying all the gun laws when those thugs broke in to my home."
        I would rather be in jail than in a casket. It's not quite as confining.
        I agree with you on the voting issue. Get these morons out!

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  6. Unless you live in an apartment with kids, I disagree with #3 and #4. A firearm is useless as a firearm unless it is loaded and readily available, and you have the means to quickly reload in a hurry. Otherwise, forget about it as a means of self and property protection. If you don't have your loaded and un-key-locked weapon in your hands within a few seconds of hearing a break-in, then you may as well not have a "self-defense" weapon at all.

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  7. Privilege...? I'm fairly certain I have a Bill of Rights not a Bill of Privileges. Honestly, that should be edited completely out of this post or to reflect expressly that the writer believes this personally and should in no way be taken as an endorsement from this site. Secondly, if one of my firearms is to be used for home or self defense, it is loaded and in the safe or it's strapped to me. It has never been a problem for anyone in my family, children included. I walk around for 8 hours a day 182 days a year with a 30rd. mag stuffed into my M4 (yes, .mil) and it has never been a problem because I utilized proper control of my weapon, whether I'm around other SF or around the base populous. Figure out your system, get a good combo safe, show your kids what it is, what's in it, and impress upon them that it is absolutely forbidden to interact with it in any manner, don't let idiot kids into your house without your supervision and keep a handgun strapped to you at all times even in the house (there are very comfy ways to carry a compact handgun in the home) so you can fight your way to your long gun if necessary. If you don't want to do that figure out what works for you. I have to go closer to my front door to get upstairs to my big boy guns, of course I need something instantly accessible, but you may not. Just don't end up dead

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    • Yeah look what happened to dick met calf when he stated the 2nd amendment did not or was never intended to promote the rights of an individual to own a weapon. He is somewhere on the unemployment line for guns and ammo or at least the last I heard he was. Larry weishun learned the hard way too.

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  8. Still Getting Ready says:

    124 kids die every year from gun accidents at home? If we conservatively estimate 44 million gun owners, that's a a pretty good statistic (compare it with kids dying in automobile accidents or swimming pool accidents). Now, where was the statistic about crimes prevented every year involving guns?

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    • Nearly all of those 124 deaths were preventable through firearm safety education of both parents and children. Ignorance is the greatest source of chaos in the universe.

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  9. In response to the issues raised, this article was written to advise you on how to keep your guns at the ready for emergency situations in the safest and most lawful way possible.
    Ultimately, it is up to you to abide by the federal and state laws regarding gun ownership and usage that apply to you. It is also your right as a gun owner and homeowner to do as you please with your property and do what you must to protect your family, within reason.
    One must take into consideration that in a true disaster or emergency situation the rules may no longer apply, thus you may have to resort to extreme measures to survive.
    We do not adhere to any political principles nor attempt to challenge any viewpoints in this writing. Our goal is simply to provide you with practical tips as widely accepted by the survival community that may help you in an extreme circumstance.
    Thank you all for reading and expressing your feedback in the comments.

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    • CarlCasino says:

      I will obey the law up to the point that my Family is at risk and the all bets are off. I have carried for a long time, and in my line of work I enter a lot of free kill zones and have always ignored the signage. When I make a service call to the high school and the Sheriff has two armed offices patrolling as a matter of maintaining control of the inmates does anyone with two working brain cells think I am going to present myself as a target? Think Not my friends. I will always rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

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  10. Cody, I do want to thank you for doing this article. It does address important concerns, and is obviously designed primarily for those who have little or no experience with guns and who may live in areas with very restrictive gun laws to contend with. As an introduction to guns and gun safety this does cover the basics, but I want to elaborate on your points and give those who are interested a bit broader viewpoint. It is very important to know the gun laws, not only where you live, but in the areas that you travel to, also. I know that it is an extreme measure, but if you truly want to survive a shtf or home invasion scenario you might want to consider moving to a state where personal freedom is valued. I moved from California back to Kentucky. I have a CC but I can, and do, legally openly carry a loaded revolver anywhere I want to that is not restricted by Federal law (it has to be unloaded in a bar selling alcohol, but I don't go to bars); I openly carry at the gas station, grocery store, hardware store, bank ,sheriff's office etc. The only question I have ever been asked by anyone here is what am I carrying (make and caliber). I only bring that up to let people know that in some areas of the country having a gun is considered normal. It should also be pointed out that I am polite to people, don't do the tough guy act, and consider using a gun against another person as a last resort.

    My biggest problem with the article is that the most important point was only lightly mentioned in passing. The very first point should be, "Get trained!" There are schools that teach the proper use of handguns and long guns for self defense, how to handle the gun safely, how to clear a room, how to quickly clear a jam, etc. My favorite is Front Sight, but there are many others as well. Having a gun is dangerous if you do not know how to use it. Gun accidents do not happen in homes where the parents are trained and the children are trained (or at least taught). One of the problems is that gun safety is no longer taught in schools and for legal reasons you are not likely to find a firearms training class for 4 year olds, so you had best get yourself trained so that you can teach your kids. I taught my boys to properly handle and shoot a pistol when they were 4. Shooting into cans filled with water let them see for themselves how destructive a bullet really is (for those of you who do not know, it rips the whole back side out of the can). They knew where the pistol and ammo were kept, that it was always loaded and that they were not to touch it unless I was not at home and a bad man broke in and tried to hurt them or mommy. They were also taught responsibility in other things as well. None of their friends were ever even told which room the pistol was kept in. They have both grown up to be responsible young men that I am proud of.
    I do agree that having a gun safe is a good idea. It makes a good decoy if burglars break in to steal your guns or other valuables. It can keep them busy and they won't be ransacking the rest of the house. And, of course, it is mandatory to have your guns locked away if required by law or if you have a party with random people roaming about your home.
    Most of my guns are hidden in various parts of my home so that I can quickly get to at least one in an emergency, but not in any of the "usual" areas. Visitors are always informed that I have guns and if a child is curious about them I just take him (or her) in the back yard and let them satisfy their curiosity by teaching them proper safety and use (with their parents' permission, of course- if permission is not give then they will not be invited back). I live on a farm. One could not do that in a city, or in some states for that matter. Again the point is education/training.
    An unloaded gun is useless and dangerous. The first rule of gun safety is that there is no such thing as an unloaded gun. Every gun should be treated as if it were loaded at all times. It should never be pointed at anything you are not willing to destroy. By the way, just so you know, a stick of dynamite and a match are perfectly safe together. Dynamite requires an explosion to set it off. Now a match and a blasting cap or a stick of blasting powder is another matter entirely and can make for a very explosive situation in the hands of the untrained. I always wear a loaded revolver and a couple of speed loaders, even when at home. I do not find it to be uncomfortable. The gun is under my direct control and readily accessible. It is also safe. It is almost impossible to have an unintentional discharge with a revolver when the firing chamber is empty. And most places do still allow you to be armed in your own home, but check your local laws to be sure.
    I do fully agree with the part about proper maintenance, but in actuality a gun can lie there for years without being touched and still work just fine if it was cleaned after its last use (provided it has not been in a wet or high humidity area which would cause rust). Grandpa's shotgun will probably work perfectly. His ammo, however, is a different matter entirely. People rarely think about the age of the ammo. Decades old ammo may or may not work. It is best to fire those shells and buy new ones. I recently came across a box of .22 cartridges that had been laying in a drawer for probably 40-50 years. Only about 70% of them still fired.
    I agree that everyone who even considers using a gun for self defense should get a concealed carry permit. Even if concealed carry is illegal where you live consider taking your next vacation in a state that issues non-resident CC permits. It will not let you legally carry where you live, but it will allow you to do so in most parts of the country. The safety training given is usually minimal, but the legal aspects of using a gun are covered in detail and should be known by everyone who even considers using a gun for self defense. Oh, and although you would never know it from the media reports, it is legal to openly carry without a license in more than half of the states (although most states do have certain restrictions about where you can do so, and there are those pesky unconstitutional Federal restrictions). OpenCarry.org has lots of good information on this. That being said, if one is not comfortable carrying openly he should not do so. Some people when they first openly carry are nervous and worried about how people will react to them; and a person who is wearing a gun and acting fearful or nervous does make people nervous.
    I agree that one should always be aware of and obey the laws where you live. or where you happen to be at the time. If you don't like the law, work to get it changed. If that does not work, then vote with your feet and dollars; move to an area where freedoms still exist and work to protect and strengthen them.
    Practice is important; but remember, practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect. Make sure that you are practicing the right way. Get trained........ and get trained in using a gun for self defense.......punching holes in paper is not the same as shooting to protect your life or the life of another in a firefight with the adrenalin flowing. And learn to quickly and efficiently clear a jam, and practice that too so that it is second nature if it happens in real life.
    I do apologize for getting so long winded, but wanted to put this out there to all. Thank you/

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    • I concur completely. The NRA now has course material available for defensive/tactical training. If you are unfamiliar with shooting and particularly shooting for defensive situations, find yourself a good trainer and train until handling your firearm is as natural as safely driving your car.

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  11. If you teach children what a firearm is, what it does, and how to operate it safely, they will do just that. It is the children with good parents, who teach their kids who have safe homes. The knucklehead who has firearms and kids and does not is the same who leaves other hazards out for them, and did not teach them to avoid that danger, either.
    My Grandfather was a retired Master sergeant,former drill instructor. He taught me and my brother, and my cousins, to shoot from a very young age. We could all hit dimes and pennies with BB guns at 40 feet before we were 10. We all learned with his service .45,and an old M1 carbine. Once a child hears a live round go off, trust me, they will never treat a gun like a toy.

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  12. Good info for certain situations, such as 'covering the bases' for legal situations. But for the real world, adjusting for conditions at one's personal level, things can be different. For instance, at our place most rooms have a loaded revolver or something bigger located within reach or no further than 15 feet. We have no little kids (things get rearranged when the grandkids come for visits) so we can stay comfortably armed and ready.

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  13. that was so insane. You folks are lvniig in a dream world if you think the government and police are here for your protection. Obama has already confirmed he has powers on par with dictatorial tyranny, powers not authorized to any branch of government under the constitution. What's so wrong with standing up for the Bill of Rights? Why do you hate liberty? Evidence that gun control doesn't work is overwhelming. Look at Mexico's violent crime involving firearms. It's almost impossible for anyone to legally obtain firearms there. Then look at Switzerland, where SCARY EVIL BLACK FULLY AUTOMATIC RIFLES are issued to the overwhelming majority of adult males and yet somehow the use of firearms in violent crimes is. 52 per 100,000 people. I'm beginning to realize that you folks don't often substitute your emotional knee jerk reactions for facts. The feds don't give a fuck about you! THEY DON'T GIVE A FUCK ABOUT YOU! Nor does Obama, Vixen, Pelosi, Feinstein or any other of these statist politicians. Soft tyranny is here. Rights given away aren't easily regained.

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    • You are correct. When government no longer serves the citizen but its own elitist cabal, the people's only recourse is armed opposition. "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither" and will soon realize they have freely accepted slavery. Citizens in one town in western Mexico, fed up with the drug cartel's activities and the local government's corruption, formed an illegally armed vigilante group and cleaned up their town. This needs to happen all over Mexico, and perhaps here also.

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  14. plain jane prepper says:

    I will be sure and leave all of my weapons unloaded, in a safe, and I will keep all of my ammo locked in a safe location far far away from the weapons.
    Should an intruder break in, I will lift my weapon and proceed to swing at and subsequently beat him with said weapon until I render him unconscious or he takes my weapon from me and uses it to beat me to death leaving only a bloody pulp.

    Seriously, about kids....every child is different. But generally, the younger they are when exposed, the more of an impression firearms training will have on them. Educate your children. My father began teaching me what to do if an intruder broke into our home and I was alone at about the age of 4 or 5. I taught my daughter the same. I taught her to shoot and she has a healthy respect for the complete destruction that can be done with a firearm. She also does not mind putting a bullet into Bambi assuming that she needs to eat.

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    • Your comment is right on. An unloaded firearm is essentially a club. It is impossible to child proof a house but you can certainly gun proof a child. Early education that teaches and reinforces gun safety dispels the mystic and allure of firearms and should inure a healthy respect for the destructive potential of firearms. Ownership of firearms carries with it the responsibility of the owner to become educated about the characteristics and safe handling of them. Additionally, it carries the responsibility of educating other family members to treat the firearms with respect. Ignorance is the major cause of chaos in our world.

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