Owning a firearm is a huge responsibility—and requires thoughtful consideration in regards to use and storage. There are multiple options available for safely storing and securing your firearms when not in use. This guide will walk you though the basics and help you determine which type of gun storage is the best for you. Be safe out there, and secure your firearms every time they're not in use.
A , in which a key or combination is required to open the lock and fire the weapon, works great as a secondary or backup security feature. This doesn't prevent anyone from walking away with your guns, though. So at the minimum, combine a trigger lock with a to keep your firearm anchored somewhere, or use a on it's own by threading it through the chamber to prevent the firearm from being used.
These options aren't ideal for home security, as fumbling with keys in the dark can waste precious time. But they are an effective and inexpensive security measure for many gun owners.
A is a portable storage solution that can be used with or without an external lock (though you should use one). Combined with a cable lock, a gun case is a secure and legal way to transport your firearm to the range or between locations. A gun case is also a discrete way to secure your pistol at home. Don't be the kind of person who keeps it in a shoebox, for goodness' sake.
Most plastic gun cases are unsuitable for transporting your firearms into rough terrain, and steel cases are too heavy. Pelican has just introduced an affordable line of high-impact polymer gun cases that are designed to withstand inclement weather, drops, and the back of your pickup truck. The have heavy-duty hinges, stainless steel lock hasps, and secure push-button latches.
are typically made of steel and feature a lock that is integrated into the box. On the low-end, these locks use combinations or keys, while really high-end are secured using biometric technology, where the case can be opened only by your thumbprint. Biometric lock boxes provide quick access to your firearm and they usually store multiple fingerprints so more than one person can gain access, if that is your preference.
Multiple firearms of various sizes are best stored in a gun safe. These range from that can only hold a few handguns to that are as large as a closet. These can be secured with combinations or biometric options. A large gun safe can also be used to safely store ammunition as well as anything else of value in your home.