Gun owners can make their homes and communities safer by storing their guns securely when not in the owner’s immediate possession. This means storing them unloaded, locked, and when possible, separate from ammunition. Securing firearms protects children and adults by preventing unintentional shootings, gun suicides and all tragedies that can result when a child or teen accesses an unsecured gun.
Storage devices defeat the purpose of owning a gun by putting barriers between the gun owner and their means of defense.
There are many affordable options for firearm storage that provide owners with quick access to their guns while still preventing access by children and people at increased risk of harming themselves or others. Further, it is possible that unsecured guns may actually increase the likelihood of crime and violence through an increased risk of gun theft. Each year, an estimated 200,000 to 500,000 guns are stolen from homes and cars. Many of these guns are funneled into the underground market, where once-legally-owned firearms can be transferred to people with dangerous histories.