Marla is a hard-working, single mother of three. Her oldest child is having his 14th birthday party next weekend and it takes all she has to contain herself!!! She had been making plans for this party for months as she had recently gotten a promotion at work and was now able to provide more to her kids. About 7 years ago she had fallen on hard times financially and was forced to move her family to one of the roughest parts of the city. Being former military she had experience with firearms, and decided that having a firearm in the home was the best idea for immediate safety if needed. She had been separated from the military for a few years and hadn’t trained much recently, but she had it if need be?…?….?
Justin, her youngest boy, was only 9 years old but quite curious. Marla has always had rule in her home that her bedroom was off limits unless she was home, but Justin would always sneak in when she was out. One fateful day, Marla had gone up the street to the store for a couple of things, and Justin being rambunctious as he always was, wandered into her room. He happened to stumble upon her Taurus G2 perched on the nightstand. Not knowing the difference between this and the water gun toy he plays with, he decided to squirt some water in his mouth with this one as he had done so many times before with his toy………
We can all imagine the outcome of this story and it, quite frankly, is extremely bleak. Unfortunately…..this story plays itself out far too many times in real life. Local news media outlets abound with stories similar to this day in and day out. In all of these cases one of the most glaring issues is that none of the firearms in question were inside of suitable storage options.
As a rule of thumb, at PSA we teach to our students that inside of the home, if not in use, all firearms should be behind 2 (two) locks. If your homes’ doors are locked, then that serves as one. But, what about the other lock? Well…..there are several options for firearm storage inside of your home. Storage options range from small desk/nightstand sized safes that can hold only one firearm, to huge floor safes that can hold dozens.
Whatever the option that serves you best, there needs to be a secondary lock that protects your firearms. We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your firearms are not accessible by those persons that aren’t authorized. The thing is this…..the second lock not only protects the firearms…..but it protects little Justin too.
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*** If you are unfamiliar with firearms and/or their accessories, and want to learn more, PSA strongly suggests that you find, enroll, and attend a comprehensive and reputable firearms safety course. Firearms safety is all of OUR responsibility.
We want to thank you for taking out the time to stop by our lane at the shooting range!! We hope that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you stop back by early and often to catch up on all PSA updates! We truly hope that we were able to hit the target, and if you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to shoot them our way!! We look forward to shooting the breeze with you soon again!!
And as always….remember to watch your six and stay low!!!