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Staging a Firearm for Home Defense

Home defense is one of the leading reasons many new gun buyers choose to own a firearm, but sometimes, while learning to safely use the firearm is a high priority, they fail to consider an exact plan of action should they ever be required to defend their home or family. Choosing how and where to store a firearm for ready access is an important decision with a number of variables, particularly when there are children living in or visiting the home. Self-defense expert Rob Pincus offers the following guidelines when determining how best to stage a defensive firearm in the home.

  1. Balance security from unauthorized use with efficient access in an emergency with an easy-to-use, quick-access safe. NEVER leave firearms and ammunition where kids or other unauthorized individuals can access them.
  2. If you only have one firearm staged for defensive use, place it in the location that you’re mostly likely to barricade yourself from an intruder as you contact police.
  3. Periodically run practice drills with your entire family on what to do should someone attempt to enter the home and pose a threat. The best preparedness comes from practice.
  4. To be viable tools for defense, firearms must be stored with ammunition. In an emergency, there may not be time to search through two locations for both a gun and its ammunition.
  5. Ensure that your storage option complies with all state and local requirements.
  6. A great option in the home that can also be used when traveling and staying in a hotel or another person’s home is a portable, quick-access safe that can be attached to something sturdy with a cable lock.