Having quick and ready access to a firearm that is also safely stored can be very important during times of emergency like periods of civil unrest or even during a break-in. After all, what good is a gun that’s locked in a safe that may take several minutes to get access to. On the other hand guns can’t just be left lying around where they could be stolen or picked up by a child. So what’s the answer?
My favorite option (and the one that I use) is to have both a large safe that holds the majority of my firearms and ammunition as well as a couple of smaller safes designed for fast access to a handgun. I keep a very large fire rated steel safe that’s bolted to the floor which contains my rifles, shotguns, most of my pistols, and most of my ammo. This is an extremely secure way to store firearms and I’ve also added a bit of camouflage to help conceal my safe which you can read about here. Of course it takes a couple of minutes to access this safe and for obvious reasons it remains in one part of the house and can’t be easily moved.
So, in addition to this main safe I also have a couple of smaller GunVault safes that contain a handgun, flashlight, and extra pair of eyeglasses. These are located near my bed as well as in the main living area of my home. The GunVault safes are designed for very quick access even in the dark and are equipped with a spring loaded door that pops open so you can get to your gun fast if the need arises. These safes also come with hardware so they can be bolted down to a shelf, floor, wall stud, or even a bed frame. When properly installed this makes them even more secure since their small size would otherwise make them fairly easy to walk off with.
I know some people feel perfectly okay leaving handguns in bedside drawers but to me the chances of theft or accidental discovery by a youngster are just too high. If things are really bad and civil unrest or some other activity close to your neighborhood leaves you feeling like you need even better access to your firearms then consider simply carrying it on your person. Open or concealed carry in your own home is perfectly legal in most places as far as I know. I’m not a lawyer though [thank God] and in some places like Washington D.C. or NYC this may not be the case so always check your local laws. However for most folks this is probably a pretty good option during times of emergency.
Having to carry a gun while in your own home may sound strange to some but think back on the L.A. riots or the unrest that occurred after hurricane Katrina. If I were living in either one of those areas at the time you can bet your bottom dollar I would have been armed even while sitting on the couch watching TV.