Last week I spent some time shooting with some friends. Â Ted who is also a student of mine had a great question about storage of home defense handguns. Â This is a common question and certainly an important one to address.
When we talk about the storage of self-defense handguns there are two principles that we need to take into account when we decide on our storage method.
- Fast and easy to access for authorized users
- InaccessibleÂ toÂ unauthorizedÂ users
For me this means that when I spend time in my home my gun is concealed on my person. Â This meats the criteria of the two principles. Â There is no faster deployment of a handgun than from my holster except if I’m simply going to hold the gun in my hand all day. Â At the same time, there is no place that a gun can be kept as secure as on my person. Â Even locked in a safe the gun is only being secured in a passive manner. Â On my body, I have the ability to keep my firearm secure in an active manner. Â to the point of being able to defend the gun with the gun if need be.
But as Ted noted, it just isn’t possible to keep a gun on your body all the time. Â Specifically Ted was concerned about the time when he was sleeping. Â Locked in a safe in the basement keeps the firearm relativelyÂ inaccessibleÂ to unauthorized users, however it is useless as a self-defense tool. Â So how do we store a firearm so that it is secure but easily deployable should we need it.
- Many considerations to take into account
- sleeping habits
- location of you and your weapon compared to likely points of entry
- no one solution is perfect for everyone
- Quickly Accessible
- via gross motor skills
- no keys or rotary dials
- Out of Sight
- many times people discover that their home has been invaded when they wake up to someone standing over them in their bedroom
- this takes discipline as out of sight means out of mind for many people.
- Easily Secured
- we don’t want a system that is difficult to use
- if it takes time or is a hassle we won’t use it.