Safe Firearm Storage

Owning a firearm is a right that every law-abiding American can enjoy, but with that right comes a need for commitment to safety and responsibility that comes with gun ownership.  There are several ways you can safely store your firearms in a way that will fit your lifestyle, eliminate un-authorized access to your firearms as well as drastically reduce firearm accidents.   

Three Safe Firearm Storage Options

Safe Firearm Storage – Cable Lock

  • One of the most simple and inexpensive ways for safe firearm storage is by using a cable lock when your gun is being stored.  Cable locks fit most rifles and handguns to prevent rounds from being chambered, actions from engaging, or magazines from loading by running the cable through the barrel or action.  They may either have a key or combination to unlock it.  These types of locks are readily available in stores, are inexpensive, and are offered at no cost through Project Child Safe.  Go to: to see if there is a location near you to obtain a cable lock at no cost for your firearm.  
Cable Lock

Safe Firearm Storage – Lock Boxes

  • Small portable safes are a great way for safe firearms storage at home for quick access as well as transport your firearms in your vehicle.  There are simple lock boxes that open with a key, lock boxes with digital codes, and some newer safes that utilizes RFID technology to open the safes.  The smaller, portable safes will have a steel cable for use in your vehicle as well as your home to secure the lock box.  This is a great way to inexpensively secure your firearm from unauthorized users, prevent theft, and protect your firearm from damage.  
Hornady safe on nightstand

Safe Firearm Storage in the Car

When using lock boxes in a vehicle, you want to make sure they are secured with the steel cable as well as being stored out of sight.  Locking your doors isn’t enough to safely store your firearms.  Glove boxes and consoles can easily be pried open and should not be considered a secured storage device.  A lockable gun case is practical when transporting a firearm but you want to avoid being away from your vehicle for an extended period of time and NEVER store your firearms in your vehicle overnight.  When you return home or get to your destination, remove all firearms from vehicles and security store them once inside.Two more things to consider with firearms storage in vehicles is that there are console gun vaults available to some make and model vehicles that are custom fitted as well as cargo area storage for sedans, trucks and SUV’s.  Both of these allow for locked storage, concealment and jostling. 

Safe Firearm Storage – Full Safe

  • Full size and biometric gun safes allow owners to safely store multiple firearms in one place, have adjustable shelves, protect firearms and other valuables from unauthorized users and have a fire rating.  Visit Bass Pro Shops or Cabela’s to view their large selection of gun safes. 
Bass Pro Shops/Cabela's Safe

Safe Firearm Storage is every gun owner’s responsibility

Securing firearms protects children and adults by preventing unintentional shootings and gun suicides.  Research shows secure storage practices play a vital role in reducing the risk of gun violence.  Storing firearms securely protections children and adults by preventing unintentional shootings and gun suicides.  Protect the people you love, and remember, the number one way to prevent firearms theft, accidents and misuse is to securely store firearms when not in use.  

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