Whenever I tell someone I have a gun in every room of the house except my children’s bedrooms, I get that shocked look, even from guys at the range.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t go around telling this to everyone I know or meet, but most of my friends are aware of it. Some see me as paranoid, while others see me as prepared.
Before I go any further, let me explain. I have worked in law enforcement or corrections for nearly 25 years. During that time, I’ve had my share of threats including criminals who have promised to find me when they are released.
Where can you buy ordinary household objects designed to conceal a gun?
The Sportsman Guide
- Hollowed out book: $21.97
- Octagon gun clock: $39.97
- Hide-a-gun picture frame: $39.97
- Between-the-studs wall safe: $29.97
I take those threats seriously, especially since I have a wife and two children at home, and we live in a rural location. The closest police officer may be a 45-minute wait. I could care less about any belongings should someone break in, but my family, as I’m sure with most people, is my world. I love my wife, daughter, and son more than anything.
Perhaps you can understand and relate.
I’ve been wrestling with the idea of writing this column for years. Do I really want to tell people I have guns throughout my house and possibly alert a burglar? Of course not. But given the fact this article will appear in a magazine that caters to people who believe strongly enough in concealed carry to buy a subscription, I’m probably safe.
Some of you may read this and not believe what I do is also necessary for your life. That’s fine. Everyone has to assess their situation and the factors that could make them more of a target. Do you work in a job that angers people? Are criminals the people you anger? Do you live in a remote location, a rural setting or in the city? Do you have children at home who are mature and stable enough to have loaded guns easily accessible? These are factors you need to consider.
Out of sight, but not out of reach: guns can be hidden from burglars, but within easy reach for self-defense.
While I’m about to tell you ways to hide guns around the house for easy access, I would be wrong to not mention the number one rule when it comes to guns, which is safety. You have to make sure—above anything else—that you take care of safety. While you’re preparing yourself, could you possibly be creating a situation where your child shoots a friend? What about your friends? What would one of them do if they found a hidden gun? These are not only personal questions you must consider, but questions that could have very serious legal consequences should something terrible happen.
My first advice is to err on the side of caution. When my children were younger I was a lot more cautious. Now that my children are young adults with hundreds of hours at the range, and most importantly a thorough knowledge of gun safety from me harping on them, I feel a lot more comfortable having guns hidden around the house. It gives me a sense of security.
This, however, is a personal question you have to answer after weighing many factors including the likelihood a child or someone else will find one of your guns at some point. It will be easier for some to answer, but the first consideration for everyone is the same: safety.
Since I’ve made the choice to have guns throughout my house (on top of other security measures), I’ll give you some ideas on how I make my guns accessible. First, I didn’t want to put all my eggs in one basket, or in this case, all my guns in one place. I have three levels to my home.