The statistical data relating to accidental gun injuries inflicted by or received by children is not very cheerful reading; hundreds of children under the age of 19 are injured or killed by firearms simply because they had access to them through parental carelessness. Not only do many adults simply prop a long gun up in a closet or leave a handgun in a drawer, but they generally also fail to lock the trigger and unload the gun.
ften, ammunition for the gun is nearby, too. No parent, no matter how diligent, can keep an eye on children every second of the day, and it only takes a short period of time for a curious child to investigate a firearm, perhaps with unfortunate results.
Firearms are expensive, especially high powered rifles used for hunting. As such, guns are often a target of thieves when they break into a home. You might also think about your monetary investment if you have a house fire and your gun collection is destroyed. The answer to the problem of children getting into guns and either theft or fire depriving you of your firearms is a gun safe with a good fire rating. While it is true that no state has legally mandated that gun safes must be present in a home that has firearms, you could be held responsible should a gun accident occur involving a child if your guns have not been properly stored.
Finding The Right Gun Safe For Your Needs
There are a number of factors that will influence your decision on which gun safe you decide to purchase: price, features, capacity, and design. The last, design, may seem unimportant, but always remember that your gun safe will be part of your home, just as a sofa or table is, and you will want one that appeals to you and your family aesthetically. Before you buy a gun safe, check out the features of several models to make sure that you choose the one that is best for you.
Bighorn Gun Safes. There are Bighorn gun safes that can accommodate from 24 to 51 long guns. All Bighorn safes come with electronic locks that allow you to program your own combination.
The smallest safe, the Bighorn 5928EC Classic has a door panel that accommodates 4 handguns. All of these safes are pry bar resistant and have a hole in the rear panel for a dehumidifier.
9G Imprint Biometric Pistol Safe. For those of you who own handguns, this pistol safe will allow you safe and quick access to your weapons while keeping others out. The 9G Imprint is perfect for keeping your handguns close and ready, but away from children.
The safe will open only for those whose fingerprints have been programmed into it, and there is no need to wipe the access slot, so it will be impossible for unauthorized people to get into with the residue of your fingerprint.
Browning Gun Safes. These gun safes can be considered to be among the top-of-the-line models. Browning gun safes are built to withstand break-in attempts as well as house fires. The thick steel door (not just a bent steel sheet that ‘looks’ thick) means that your Browning will stay closed until you want to open it.
Choose from a value safe like the Bronze Series BR41, a tactical safe such as Mark II AR35, or the premium Platinum Plus Series PP65, which offers the maximum in security and fire protection.
Liberty Gun Safes. Liberty gun safes are also an excellent choice when you’re looking for a tough, reliable safe for your firearms. Available in a range of models from the Revere through the Franklin and National, Liberty safes offer fire protection from anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 ½ hours. As with most gun safes, these can be bolted to the floor for even better security.