Keeping Your Handguns Secure
Securing Weapons With Gun Locks And Lock Boxes.
Extra Protection For My Handguns
Securing guns in your home is very important to the safety of you and your family. Having children and teenagers in a home increases the need for extra security precautions in regards to storing weapons and ammunition. Storing loaded weapons that are not secure increases the risk of an intruder or a child gaining access toa functional weapon. Weapon locks are one of the best ways to protect an unauthorized user from using the weapon because it has been rendered useless by a trigger lock or a cable lock. Storing weapons in a safe or a durable lock box that cannot be easily opened or removed from your home is also a key component of securing weapons in your home.
My first line of defense is that I do not discuss or show my handguns to my children, they are too young to safely handle any kind of gun at their age. Secondly, all of my guns are stored in a large fire proof combination safe, it weighs a little over 300 pounds and has no keys or electronic locks to fail or be lost. The safe is hidden in a closet in a small room the children do not have access to, the door to the room is locked with a deadbold lock and has latches at the top of the door as well to keep it from being opened. Ammunition is stored separately from the guns with the exception of ammunition stored with guns I have designated as home protection weapons. These weapons are stored in the safe inside a small locked gun box. I store all of my other ammunition in another locked box secured to the floor in my basement.
When not in use all of my weapons are equipped with external locks such as a trigger lock or a cable lock. A trigger lock prevents the trigger from being pulled on a weapon they have been installed on, they can be used on any weapon with a fixed trigger guard. A cable lock is merely a lock with a 12 to 18 inch reinforced cord attached to a lock. The long cord is inserted into the chamber down through the magazine well where the cable is then locked into place just below the magazine well. The cable lock prevents the upper receiver or slide from locking into place preventing a bullet from being chambered. When the slide is not fully seated on a semi-automatic weapon, the weapon will not function because the firing pin be activated due to the slide not being able to lock into place. A cable lock also prevents a magazine fed weapon from having a magazine inserted into the magazine well. The cabler lock basically renders a semiautomatic weapon useless by preventing gun from being operated.
I also have a self locking handgun it came from the factory with a built-in locking mechanism. The locking mechanism is located on the hammer which when activated prevents the hammer from being actuated, this locking mechanism also disables the trigger assembly as well. Damaging the locking mechanism also damages the weapon making it inoperable if the locking mechanism is damaged. I keep the weapon locked when not in use stored in a locked gun box. The key to the built-in gun lock is simply a modified allen wrench with a dent in the tip, every person that purchases a weapon with a built-in locking mechanism has a key to my gun. For added security this weapon is stored in a locked gun box as well, it is one of my primary home defense weapons, it is a .38 special and I do not have to worry about fumbling with a safety or malfuntion.
Securing weapons in this manner makes it a challenge not only for unauthorized users but for me as well. This means that should I need to quickly access these weapons I have to be proficient in opening our safe, unlocking locks and locked gun boxes, and then loading a weapon in time to react to an intruder. However, keeping the weapons secure reduces the risk that an intruder can steal a gun or even worse shoot me with one of my own guns. Secured weapons also significantly reduce the risk of children and teenagers from gaining access to guns hopefully preventing them from accidentally or purposely shooting themselves or someone else.