How do you go about protecting your family from outside intruders?
The answer to that question is of course likely going to vary from family to family.
For some families, they key to having a gun in the home is always remembering the power that weapon has. Even when housed and cared for, that gun has the power to destroy lives in a heartbeat. On the flip side of the equation, that weapon could be what one day saves your life and the lives of your loved ones.
So, how best to keep your family safe with a gun in the home?
Always Target Gun Safety
For you to feel both protected and yet safe as can be from any accidents with guns in your home, keep a couple keys in mind:
- Storing your gun
When it comes to storing your gun, make sure you holster it at all times.
In protecting your loved ones with the proper gun holsters, don’t settle on any old gun holster. Be sure to shop and compare the different holsters available to you. You want one that is not only secure, but is easy for you to remove the gun in a time of need.
Along with the right holster, be sure to keep your gun unloaded at all times. Although you may think putting ammo in it in an emergency will take a lot of time, the reverse is quite true.
Last, never leave your gun in a spot in the home where young children can access it (see more below). Such examples are your nightstand, a shelf a child can reach with ease, and a dresser drawer.
The best option is to keep the gun in a locked cabinet or even a safe. In doing so, there is much less of a chance that your child will be able to get their hands on it.
- Educate your children
When having one or more guns in the home, it is important to remember the curiosity that many children evoke.
With that in mind, there will come a time when you will want to educate your children in regards to the gun or guns you have.
Given the fact children mature at different ages, there is no set age for you to educate your child about a gun at home.
You’re best-served by getting tips from experts in this area. You should also talk to friends and outside family members with guns in their homes. Do they worry about their children getting their hands on the weapon? What safety protocols do they deploy at home to lessen the odds of their child stumbling upon a gun?
If you are a hunter, there may come a time when you want to get your children into the sport too. As such, that would be a good time to educate them on how to be a responsible gun user. If a camping trip involves some hunting time, be sure your children come ready to hold and operate a gun.
Of most importance, make sure you and your family know what being a gun owner entails.
The focus on being a responsible gun owner is always the number one priority.
Do your best to have a safe and yet protected home environment at all times.