Never let your gun get into the wrong hands.
Responsible firearms owners use their firearms safely and understand the need to prevent their firearms from getting into the hands of criminals. They also know that firearm safety should be a priority if we want to better protect our children, prevent avoidable injury, and keep our communities safe.
There are a variety of ways to keep your guns safe:
A trigger lock can be used to keep someone from being able to pull the trigger. Trigger locks are available in a variety of configurations, from basic key lock options to those that require combinations to open the lock.
The cable lock can be used on most firearms. The cable is most often placed through the gun barrel, which generally impedes loading and firing.
Storage cases come in various sizes and can be used for both storing and locking up a firearm. The case can be locked, but the lock must often be purchased separately.
A lock box is like a small safe that allows you to store your firearm safely and securely via key or combination lock or by a digital keypad, to prevent unauthorized access to the firearm.
Safes come in a number of sizes to accommodate long guns, such as rifles and shotguns, and includes spaces for storing handguns as well. Much like the lock box, the gun safe has the option of a combination lock or digital keypad to lock it.
Report Lost or Stolen Guns
The rights and responsibilities of a firearms owner do not end with secure storage. If the firearm is lost or stolen, it is imperative to work quickly to report the theft or loss.
To further assist with depicting storage options, the National Crime Prevention Council photographed a few of these options for two of the most common firearms to create an online guide via Snapguide – a social media reference guide illustrating how to lock up and store your handgun or long gun. Take a few minutes to view the guide: