Gun Safes Are Not Safe

Some cities and states have laws and ordinances requiring or recommending gun owners store their guns in locked gun safes. Many more cities and states have laws and ordinances that require guns to be secured with some type of locking device, generally a trigger lock that prevents anyone from firing the gun unless the lock is removed. Evidence shows that gun safes and locking devices are not safe and fail to properly protect the gun owners.

According to SmartGunLaws.org:

“Eleven states have laws concerning firearm locking devices.  Massachusetts is the only state that generally requires that all firearms be stored with a lock in place; California, Connecticut, and New York impose this requirement in certain situations.  Other state laws regarding locking devices are similar to the federal law, in that they require locking devices to accompany certain guns manufactured, sold, or transferred.  Five of the eleven states also set standards for the design of locking devices or require them to be approved by a state agency for effectiveness.”

Among the states that have some sort of law requiring at least some firearms to be locked up or have a locking device on them are: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Note that these states are run or were run at the time of the passage of the laws, by liberal anti-gun Democrats.

Liberals have pushed these laws and ordinances to reduce gun violence, mainly to prevent kids from finding a loaded gun and accidentally shooting themselves or someone else. If you follow the logic of this argument, then basically anything deemed dangerous to kids should also be locked up. Kids have taken car keys, driven off with cars and ended up hurting themselves, others or damaging property. What about sharp knives in the kitchen? Or most household cleaning supplies, cigarette lighters, candles, matches, hammers, power tools and almost everything else in the house?

Clearly the logic of the argument of keeping loaded guns out of the hands of kids is highly flawed and demonstrates a clear agenda against guns.

Another argument used to support gun safes is to prevent guns from being stolen and getting into the hands of criminals who will use them in the act of committing a crime.

But what happens if burglars and thieves steal the gun safes? Once they get the stolen gun safe open, they have access to all of the person’s guns instead of just one of two.

I asked this question to an anti-gun liberal one time and he told me that gun safes are too heavy and bulky for thieves to steal. That may be true with many safes, but my general response is if safes are so heavy and bulky to steal, how did the gun owner get the safe into the house in the first place? Today’s burglars and thieves are very resourceful if they have any idea what they are after.

The East Bay Times, a California newspaper and website, just reported that burglars broke into a home in Brentwood and stole a gun safe that contained 10 World War II-era antique guns. Brentwood is a town of about 52,000 people, located about 30 east of Oakland. According to the news report:

“The suspects allegedly forced a bathroom window open at the victim’s home and took a welder, shelving and a safe that contained 10 World War II-era long guns…”

“Sgt. O’Grodnick said that the homeowner did everything right and was the victim of an unfortunate circumstance.”

This is not an isolated case of someone stealing or trying to steal a gun safe. Several years ago, a seventy-year-old man in White Plains, New York had his house broken into while he was gone. The burglars put a ladder up to his back window, broke the glass and entered the house. Their target was his gun safe. It just so happened that his name and address was one of the 44,000 handgun permit holders’ names that had been posted online by The Journal News back on Dec. 24, 2012.

If burglars want to steal a gun safe, they will find a way to do it, which is why I say that gun safes are not safe, but also post a danger to the gun owner.

However, I contend that gun safes and locking devices violate a gun owner’s constitutional right of self-defense and places them and their family in danger. What is a gun owner supposed to do when an intruder or a burglar breaks into their house? Are they supposed to ask them to wait while they get their gun out of the safe or take the locking device off the trigger?

I was raised with loaded guns in the house and we, as kids, knew where they were kept. The difference is, our parents raised us right. We were taught how and when to shoot and when to never touch any of the guns. We knew from our earliest ages that the guns were dangerous and we only used them in the case of an emergency or when hunting or target practice. I still keep loaded guns in my house and have one within arm’s reach from where I sit typing this, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Constitution gives me the right to protect myself, my family and my home and no one will ever take that right from me. At least not while I’m still breathing.

Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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