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Loaded Home Defense Gun(s) and Kids - Is it possible?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by 777funk, Jan 12, 2013.

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  1. duns

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    I'm an immigrant and in my former country was not allowed to own guns for protection.

    In the US, I have not had the issue of small children but have had the issue of adults with intermittent (not extreme) mental health issues. My solution has been to keep guns locked up except for one, which is either on my person or under my pillow. if the mental health issues were more serious, my policy would be locked up or on my person.
     
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    I'm the youngest of five kids and growing up there was always guns around. I knew even at an age when I couldn't lift a rifle that I was NOT to touch them. I feared for my life (in a kids view of it) of my dad if I touched them. By 6 or 7 I had a BB gun and safety was absolutely pounded in. Any mistake resulted in loss of the gun and other punishments for a long while. Under a certain age I think a gun up high or in a hard to reach place is fine. Especially if the mag is out but nearby or the gun is made extra safe without being hard to use if needed. Certain guns are better for young'uns due to being hard to set off with kids fingers or such.
    It's all about setting the strict rules early on and make sure they are afraid to even dare to touch them till old enough to know how to properly handle and make them safe. Parenting at it's basics.
     
  3. ObsceneJesster

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    @Chuck or anyone else who may know what it is. What kind of safe is holding the shotgun in that picture?
     
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    My setup is exactly like skidder's in post #14. I also have 2 small but bright flashlites in the safe. They are the only loaded guns in the house.
     
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    Training works. I've been teaching my daughter, every gun is loaded. Don't pick it up or touch without me there and without knowing how to unload it. Simply put, ask me first to handle, and if needed how to unload.
    Obviously, my guns aren't all loaded and are always locked up, but it has taught her to check first even if I checked before handing it to her. Now every time she asks me about a firearm I ask her back," Is it loaded? How do you unload it?" And her reply is,"Yes it is. Can you show me."
     
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    When I was training to qualify for CCW, one of the unforgettable points I took away was my responsibility for securing my firearm, to the extent of it being the *fifth* of the the usual four gun safety rules. I believe this pertains to everyone, but that everyone has a unique situation which requires different measures. Whatever works.

    Training of MY kids is essential and was done. The potential problem is when there are OTHER kids in the house who may not be trained. Back to my previous point.
     
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