Gun Safety-Gun Safes
One aspect of gun safety that has proven be just as important as the handling of the firearms themselves is storage. Safely storing a gun is essential in assuring that no one unqualified or inexperienced can gain access to the weapons.
There are various safety precautions that a person may consider when storing a firearm. Many may consider a trigger lock device, which does not allow for the triggering mechanism to engage and discharge the weapon.
Another common consideration is a gun safe. Gun safes provide a great choice for storing firearms, along with any other firearm related items, such as ammunition and gun components. While a trigger lock restricts the firing of the weapon, a gun safe restricts access to the firearm altogether. A gun safe is a secure and protective case or container used to store firearms. More often than not, gun safes allow for the storage of multiple guns, as well as ammunition and components. This option is also a reason why gun safes offer a great storage space because they are typically large enough to hold more than just one gun, opposed to a locked gun case.
Depending on the needs of the individual, a gun safe may be in plain view, or hidden for added security. Their overall purpose is to simply not allow access to firearms to those people who are not qualified to use firearms, or to fall on the hands of those not properly trained in using and handling firearms–i.e.: children. Depending on the needs of the firearm user, there are a variety of options that exist when considering obtaining a gun safe.
Many safes are basic enough to provide for a locking mechanism to secure the firearms from unauthorized users, but others are take into consideration the protection of the firearms themselves from the elements. Also, gun safes also come in a variety of shapes and sizes, all manufactured to cater to the specific needs of the firearm owner. Depending if the owner wants added security or if the protection of the weapons is crucial, he/she may want to consider obtaining a high-end gun safe.
A basic gun safe may typically be made out of steel, very much like personal safe boxes, and provide for a locking mechanism normally consisting of either a combination lock or key, or sometimes both. The user can often calibrate the combination code of his/her choosing in to lock, allowing only those with the knowledge of the code able to open the gun safe. A key-lock mechanism seems to be self-explanatory.
However, the basic flaw with these two options is that a combination code can often be figured out or found, and a key may fall into the wrong hands if itself is not a secured. That is why the option of having both mechanisms employed is available. It offers the added security of having two security systems. Furthermore, this type of system typically requires that in order for the combination dial to be engaged, it must be unlocked by the key. The availability of the system is further advanced by electronic locks.
Electronically locked gun safes may differ in several ways, but it is also common for mechanical lock to be used in conjunction of the electric lock for added security. On the high-tech end of the spectrum, some top-of-the-line gun safes offer security locks that are voice operated, meaning that it only recognizes the sound waves of the user, and the specific password implemented in order to open the safe door. Others also offer fingerprint identification as a means to lock and open the gun safe. These are arguably the most safe in regards of ease of accessibility protection.
Aside from the locking mechanism options to be considered, the actual construction of the safe itself is important. High-quality steel seems to be the most commonly used in modern gun safes. However, the grade of steel construction can prove to be a factor as well. The thick the steel, the added protection from an individual seeking to break in to the safe. Some grades of steel also offer fire and water protection, which would prove to be a wanted quality among those who seek to protect their firearms.
Gun safes with water protection are also important when considering the possibility for rust. Some offer heated systems for all safes with fire and water protection in order to keep unwanted moisture from collecting within the safe and thus providing an optimum environment for rust to form.
Depending on the need of the individual, some companies may offer the option of providing walk-in gun safes, which also may double as panic rooms. These types of gun safes are typically the top of the line and are often quite costly, so they are not as common as typical container-style gun safes. Gun safes themselves can be constructed to be hidden from sight, such as in existing furniture or closet spaces. This allows for extra security, for only the people within the property can know about the location of the gun safe.
In recent times, gun safes have been a matter of debate when it comes to young children. Though they exist essentially to protect unauthorized users such as children the access to firearms, the gun safes themselves may prove to be a hazard. The argument stands that a young child may be able to get locked inside a gun safe if left unattended or unlocked, thus suffocating the child. However, it is at discretion of the parent to be aware of such a situation and provide for the proper supervision of the child and gun safe to prevent such an occurrence.
The other argument poses the threat of a young child possibly tipping the safe over and having it land on him/her. Though this may prove to be an extreme situation because the gun safes are often too heavy even for a full-grown adult to maneuver with ease, it may have some validity. Again, it is up to the gun safe owner to provide for the necessary precautions to not allow these situations to occur, regardless of their improbability.
Gun safety issues and practices may vary from state to state. It is important to always be aware of the state gun laws that exist in order to comply with the necessary regulations and legislation. Because state gun laws have a tendency to change without notice, it is important for gun owners to constantly check with the state laws in order to prevent any particular legal implications in the future.