Safely storing firearms should be a big priority for gun owners both new and experienced. A recent study shows that less than half of all gun owners in the U.S. store their guns responsibly. Recently, many states are passing safe storage laws to ensure all firearms are stored in gun safes. Gun safes keep your valuables and your loved ones safe, and in some cases, they are required by law.
When You Need a Safe
There are five states that require owners to store firearms in a gun safe. In Massachusetts and Oregon, gun owners must store their firearms in a locked gun safe when not in use. In Colorado, Connecticut and New York, guns must be locked in a safe when minors are on the premises.
In addition to these laws, 24 states have Child Access Prevention (CAP) laws that will hold a gun owner liable if a minor accesses their firearm and uses it to cause injury or death. The details of these laws vary by state, but the best way to abide by them is to store your firearms in a sturdy gun safe.
Benefits of a Gun Safe
Even if you live in a state without CAP laws, a gun safe is the best way to protect your family from guns. According to a study published by the Journal of Urban Health, 4.6 million minors in the US live in homes with at least one loaded, unlocked firearm. Many of these children now have access to their household guns — even if their parents think otherwise. According to a 2021 survey, 70% of parents reported that adolescents could not access firearms in their households. However, over one-third of children belonging to those households reported being able to access the firearm in less than five minutes. Storing your firearms in a locked and PIN-protected gun safe ensures your children’s safety.
A gun safe is also the best defense against the rising threat of gun theft. Over 300,000 guns are stolen from gun owners every year. Storing your firearms unloaded in a secure gun safe greatly reduces the risk of theft.
Using a gun safe from Fort Knox is the best way to give yourself the peace of mind that your family will be safe. No matter if you have one gun or a collection, Fort Knox has the most secure gun safe for you. Our pistol boxes offer sturdy protection in a small package. For gun collectors, Fort Knox’s vault builder provides a completely customizable experience that results in a gun safe perfect for your situation, without compromising on durability. Contact Fort Knox today to find the right pistol box or vault for your situation.