Owning a gun is a tremendous responsibility and it is certainly not for everyone. If you plan to purchase a gun (or if you already own at least one), you should have a clear plan regarding how you are going to store your weapons, and which family members are going to have access to them. If you and your spouse will both be using the gun, then you will both need to be trained in how to use it properly so that it can be handled safely.
Having a gun can provide you and your family with an extra sense of protection, but only if you know how to properly use it. If you are not an experienced gun user, you will need to take shooting lessons at a qualified firing range. If you don’t happen to know of anyone who can teach you, then you will need to pay for lessons, but doing so will be well worth your time. Remember that gun safety is an extremely important aspect of being a gun owner, and you need to become educated on how to properly use and maintain your weapon.
Purchase a Gun Safe
If you are going to be a gun owner, it is absolutely essential that you have a safe place to store your weapon(s). Keeping your gun and ammunition in a gun safe is the best way to ensure that the weapon is kept out of the reach of any children in your home and that it doesn’t wind up being discharged accidentally.
Educate on how to use the gun. Make sure you understand how to use the safety, load and unload the gun. Always use the correct ammunition for your gun and keep the gun in safe, working order. Know your target and what is beyond where the gun is being pointed. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are reading to shoot. When handling the gun, try to use appropriate eye and ear protection. Never use alcohol or other drugs while shooting. Make sure that you are not impaired in any way before picking up a weapon.
You can buy gun safes in a variety of different sizes to accommodate your needs. If you are not a gun enthusiast and you don’t plan to own several guns, then you probably won’t need a huge gun safe. You might even prefer to purchase a portable unit so that you can easily, and safely, move your gun between rooms without having to worry about handling it properly.
If purchasing a gun safe is a bit beyond your budget, for the time being, make sure that you create a place to store your gun where it cannot be reached by children. As you devise your plan, keep in mind that even the smallest child can be quite resourceful when trying to get to something, so make sure that it is stored completely out of reach.
When storing the gun, make sure you lock it away from unauthorized individuals. This is especially true if you have children in the home. Once they are old enough, you can teach them gun safety, but always make sure that your gun is locked away and they do not have access to it. Keep the gun unloaded until it is ready for use. That means storing it unloaded. Find a case that has a lock or keep it locked away
Regularly clean the gun according to its instructions. Not only does cleaning your gun help maintain its value, it keeps dirt from accumulating on the weapon and making it unsafe for use. Always make sure that the gun is unloaded before attempting to clean it.
Store Ammo Separately
Keeping a gun in your home, particularly if you have children, is only safe if you keep the weapon unloaded and safely tucked away out of reach and sight. Of course, doing this will make it a bit more challenging to effectively defend your home should an intruder break in because you will have to take the time to load your gun before you can even attempt to use it.
If you practice at loading and unloading your new weapon, however, you will become more proficient with the entire process, and you will eventually achieve an efficiency that will allow you to quickly load and unload your weapon so that you can maintain optimal safety within your home at all times.
Obtain a License
Aside from learning how to use and maintain a gun properly, one of the most important things you will need to do is make sure you obtain the proper license for owning a gun. Check federal and state regulations to ensure that you are within the guidelines for legally obtaining a weapon, and make sure that you follow the rules that are set down for gun owners.