My Child Is Pretty Curious, Do You Lock Up Your Guns?

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This popped up on my Instagram feed tonight. It's from a "Gun Safety" organization (Probably Soros funded) in Colorado.

How would you respond if your neighbor asked you that question?
 
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This popped up on my Instagram feed tonight. It's from a "Gun Safety" organization (Probably Soros funded) in Colorado.

How would you respond if your neighbor asked you that question?
my reply, if i even choose to reply to such a question: guns or no guns is not the issue; kindly keep your child under your control, and out of my house unless specifically invited by me.

such a parent and child are trouble on many levels. keep away.
 
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Similar to above-“Gun? My grandpa was a soldier back in the day. I think he may have used one then. I’m more of a camera guy myself. Even if I wanted to have one my wife would never allow it. Besides, we feel much safer without them in the house, don’t you?”

I was raised don’t ask and don’t tell on the subject so it’s pretty ingrained.

But, yea, they’re coming. Started with the health insurance companies asking the question years ago.
 
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This is likely a fishing expedition to get information on who has guns. It is also a subtle indication that gun owners are thoughtless and leave guns lying around. Unless there was a hidden agenda, why would it be necessary to ask such a question? The sole redeeming feature is that you have the ability to ignore it and not take the bait.
 
I have been asked more than once over the years by the parent of my daughter's friends that were spending the night. I answered honestly. They are all locked up.

My daughter herself was a very curious kid, into allot of things, so it was good I did so. but I have always done so even before she came along. She is now old enough and can access them if she needs to, just as I could at a similar age in my home growing up where we kept all the guns secured.
 
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Sounds like a fair question to me, although one does retain the right to say mind your own business.

If my child was going to be spending time at a friend's house I'd want to know if there were any hazards laying around. Considering the massive volume of guns in the US it's fair to assume that many aren't being stored safely. I've come across more than a few shotguns behind front doors in my time. Even if your own child knows enough to not touch there may be others present who aren't properly trained.
 
How would you respond if your neighbor asked you that question?

"Everyone is safe in our home and it's "the" place for the curious."

Or "I didn't know you were deaf.", I know when neighbors around us are shooting, at least when they are shooting unsuppressed stuff and the one, I have never heard a shot from their property.
 
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How would you respond if your neighbor asked you that question?
That depends on the neighbor and why they're asking. If their kid is coming to my house to visit and they are legitimately concerned about their kid getting into my guns, I don't think it's an unreasonable thing to ask. Might be better for them to phrase it a little differently. Something like, "My kid isn't used to being around guns all the time like most of the other kids around here. I don't want him/her messing with something they shouldn't and thought I should let you know".
 
"If" I owned any guns, it's nobody's business how they're safely kept.

Many states now have laws concerning keeping guns safe from young children. So in many scenarios, it is "nobody's business". Any responsible gun owner is going to keep their guns safely kept, not only from young children but from anybody else that comes into their home, either with or without permission.
How would you respond if your neighbor asked you that question?
I am one of the lucky ones. Guns are a way of life here where I live. In my neighborhood, there are multiple veterans and multiple either current or ex LEOs. Most are hunters of some kind. Whenever we have a neighborhood picnic, guns are a common subject of conversation.
 
Raised mine without incident.
There was discipline and the kids were smart.
No dumbassery allowed.
I also watched for ANY signs of concern.

Too many think their kids are angels and would never do something stupid.
Some people don't live in reality.
 
Many states now have laws concerning keeping guns safe from young children. So in many scenarios, it is "nobody's business". Any responsible gun owner is going to keep their guns safely kept, not only from young children but from anybody else that comes into their home, either with or without permission.

I am one of the lucky ones. Guns are a way of life here where I live. In my neighborhood, there are multiple veterans and multiple either current or ex LEOs. Most are hunters of some kind. Whenever we have a neighborhood picnic, guns are a common subject of conversation.
FL Law

790.174 Safe storage of firearms required.—

(1) A person who stores or leaves, on a premise under his or her control, a loaded firearm, as defined in s. 790.001, and who knows or reasonably should know that a minor is likely to gain access to the firearm without the lawful permission of the minor’s parent or the person having charge of the minor, or without the supervision required by law, shall keep the firearm in a securely locked box or container or in a location which a reasonable person would believe to be secure or shall secure it with a trigger lock, except when the person is carrying the firearm on his or her body or within such close proximity thereto that he or she can retrieve and use it as easily and quickly as if he or she carried it on his or her body.

(2) It is a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, if a person violates subsection (1) by failing to store or leave a firearm in the required manner and as a result thereof a minor gains access to the firearm, without the lawful permission of the minor’s parent or the person having charge of the minor, and possesses or exhibits it, without the supervision required by law:

(a) In a public place; or

(b) In a rude, careless, angry, or threatening manner in violation of s. 790.10.
This subsection does not apply if the minor obtains the firearm as a result of an unlawful entry by any person.

1(3) As used in this act, the term “minor” means any person under the age of 16.

 
§ 14‑315.1. Storage of firearms to protect minors.

(a) Any person who resides in the same premises as a minor, owns or possesses a firearm, and stores or leaves the firearm (i) in a condition that the firearm can be discharged and (ii) in a manner that the person knew or should have known that an unsupervised minor would be able to gain access to the firearm, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if a minor gains access to the firearm without the lawful permission of the minor's parents or a person having charge of the minor and the minor:
Emphasis mine.
 
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This popped up on my Instagram feed tonight. It's from a "Gun Safety" organization (Probably Soros funded) in Colorado.

How would you respond if your neighbor asked you that question?
My first response would be "why do you ask?" Any response in the affirmative or to describe how you store them, is an admission that you have them, which they don't have a need to know.

The sad part is, if I did have one unsecured inside my locked house, and the neighborhood kid broke in, found it and accidentally shot himself , I would be culpable of having an unsecured firearm. I'd be in more trouble than the kid would for breaking into my house.
 
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I would be culpable of having an unsecured firearm. I'd be in more trouble than the kid would for breaking into my house.
Not saying you wouldn't get sued, but NC law makes provisions for the above:
(c) This section shall not apply if the minor obtained the firearm as a result of an unlawful entry by any person.
 
If someone's kid is coming to my house, I don't have any problem telling them whether I have guns and how they are secured. IMHO, that's their kid, and I'm willing to give them information that I wouldn't give to random strangers on the street. If the parent makes me nervous enough that I won't tell them that much about my guns, I don't want their kid in my house, anyway. I would hope for the same courtesy from other parents if my kid were going to their house (at least when she was little). Am I likely to fill out an online survey about it? Absolutely not.
 
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