For various reasons, many households these days have firearms. It is important to recognize the responsibility that is required and necessary with owning or storing a firearm in your home. Some of these homes with guns are the homes of police officers security personnel, etc. Their jobs require that they carry their guns at all times, when on the job. There are also many other homes with licensed firearms. Many of the people in these households keep their firearms/rifles for purposes other than work related reasons. Some folks enjoy hunting as a sport or target shooting Others keep guns in their homes for protection against intruders or dangerous criminals.
You need to understand the importance of storing your firearms safely, especially if you have children in your home. Hiding your firearms in a closet in your bedroom does not protect your family from harm. Small children like to explore and can easily find a gun in a closet or under a bed. You must always remember that the best way to protect yourself and your family is to ensure that your firearms are hidden away and locked. There are a number of gun locks on the market today that disable the firearm trigger while attached. Storing them in a safe in which only you know the combination is the safest way to keep your firearm out of the wrong hands. If you keep a long gun in the home then ideally it should be stored in a dedicated gun cabinet.
Also, remember to always keep the guns that you are storing unloaded and be sure to clear the chamber. All to often we hear news or read in the paper about another accidental shooting involving a firearm that was not secured properly. Many children, teenagers, as well as adults are accidentally shot, sometimes fatally, because precautions were not taken to prevent such tragedies.