Whether you are a long time gun owner or have only recently been considering becoming one, there are a lot of ways that you should go about said gun ownership in a safe and responsible way. The reasons for which you own a firearm can differ from person to person. Each individual gun owner has a specific reason that they choose to arm themselves, whether it is for sport, home defense, or self-defense. No matter the reason, however, there are some very basic rules to follow to ensure that you and your family know how to responsibly use and store firearms.
If you own a firearm solely for the purpose of hunting or other sporting activities, you should store your gun in an area that is relatively inaccessible to anybody you would not want handling the firearm. There are secure gun safes made in the USA that will ensure that your gun is only attainable by the people you want to be using it. When you store your gun in a safe, you should also make sure that it isn’t loaded. Be sure to remove the magazine, as well as check the chamber to see if a round is still in it. Most gun owners even go the extra mile of disassembling their firearm before storing it.
Although, the principle is basically the same, storage is different if you use your firearm for self-defense. If you tend to keep your gun next to you as you sleep in the case of a burglary or any other kind of home invasion, you should store your gun in a locked safe in an easy to reach spot by your bed. Make sure that you are the only one with a key or combination to unlock the safe because you will need to store the gun loaded and ready to use in case of an emergency.