As the daughter of a police officer, I grew up with guns in the house. It never seemed like a big deal. In fact, it was more of a bore. Every once in a while, my father would see or hear something at work that made him want to remind us to be safe with guns. He would come home and take away some of our free time with a lecture on safety rules, not touching guns unsupervised, and general handling tips. I was so not interested.
As I got older, some of my male friends were curious about guns and would ask me about what my dad had. Some even asked to see the guns. I knew they were kept in a locked drawer but the key was on my father’s key-ring. It was tempting to want to be “cool” but I resisted. I never broke my father’s rules.
Now I’m married and have a son and daughter, both under 4. My husband is a sport shooter who likes hunting and target shooting. He keeps most of his guns in the basement and secured with cable locks but he keeps a pistol in the nightstand in case of a break-in. Not having it locked made me nervous and it was only worse with a couple of very curious kids wandering around. We decided to look for a gun safe.
Finding a gun safe wasn’t a problem. The problem was that we found so many and had no way to compare them or even get a good understanding of the differences. Was a gun locker what we needed or was it too weak? Did we really need a gun safe the size of a refrigerator? And what about something for just a handgun? We didn’t have a huge budget but we wanted to be safe.
One of the “gun wives” told me about this site that has a lot of good information about gun safes. It made understanding the different types of products more simple. I could understand why the prices were so varied and what markets each level of product was meant to serve. They even had more helpful hints specifically around handgun safes that turned out to be exactly what we needed.
We decided to get one of the recommended handgun safes for the bedroom. This attaches to our bed frame with the included cable and keeps it handy while keeping it locked away from any unintended use. The combination code is even easier to operate than it was to get the gun from the drawer. For the long guns, we got a steel gun case that we mounted to a wall stud in the basement. While it isn’t Fort Knox, it does the job and kept us in budget.
People who exercise their right to have firearms are responsible to make sure they are stored safely. I feel very strongly that keeping them locked away is a good solution. My husband and I felt the best option was to buy a quality gun safe to protect our kids.