First-time gun owners were at record numbers in 2020. Many are not sure where to store – and most importantly, how to store firearms. A range of options exists, such as cable locks, gun cases, lockboxes, electronic lockboxes, full-size safes, and biometric safes in many configurations. The simple answer is to keep your guns in a safe. Though so many safes are available, it can be a challenge for a new firearm owner to know what works and what does not.


Safes serve many purposes. For one, they may store important documents just as bank safe deposit boxes used to provide. Many banks are no longer offering these services, and people keep records in their home safes. Safes also hold cash, jewelry, small electronics, and other valuables. When it comes to storing firearms, though, the safe of choice needs to meet specific criteria:

The ultimate reason for a gun safe is to keep your guns away from others while allowing quick access to them for yourself. So, how should you store firearms?



gerund or present participle: storing
1. keep or accumulate (something) for future use.
“a small room used for storing furniture”

The Oxford University Press dictionary definition of Store does not elaborate the differences between storing for safekeeping and storing for ready availability. In other words, there are two ways to answer how to store firearms.

To load or not to load…

First, ask yourself this ­– “Do I intend to or expect to use this particular firearm for home defense?” If the answer is yes, then you are storing for ready availability. Ready availability means to load it up with ammo and lock it up away from others secured in your safe. Then, if and when ever needed, it is ready to use.


  1. As a firearm owner, store at least one gun in the home ready to use.
  1. With multiple guns in the house, disperse ready to use guns throughout the home opposed to all in one centralized safe.
  1. Read more about why decentralized storage is the best option in this article from SecureIt.

Second, if the answer is no, then absolutely store that particular gun unloaded – ammo separate. Storing for safekeeping is not a means which would require you to keep your firearm(s) loaded. An example of these types of guns would be collector’s pieces, ornamental or heirlooms, guns in need of repair, or any other firearm that would not suit home defense over others (think a single shot lever-action or break-top pistol). Firearm injuries in the home can be prevented by making sure firearms are unloaded, locked, and secured when not in use, with ammunition stored in a separate location.


How you decide to store your firearms also depends on other factors such as local laws in your area and your living situation. Most state mandated-safety training curriculum will stress that a house full of people may not have the same concerns as a person who lives alone. Still, any firearm left in open access allows thieves the opportunity to steal, or worse, shot with your gun because you left the gun out with unauthorized persons gaining access. For this reason, it is wise to keep firearms on your person until the end of the day, when the guns go back into the safe, ready to use.

The ultimate reason for a gun safe is to keep your guns away from others while allowing quick access to them for yourself.

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How you store your guns directly affects your safety and home defense capabilities. With over 20 years of military weapons storage experience, SecureIt has set out to redefine gun storage. Utilizing lightweight gun safes, you’ll be able to secure and safely store firearms throughout the home maintaining fast access if/when you need one. With the completely modular interior system, you’ll be able to organize your storage to your needs and adjust it with ease. SecureIt offers several models of gun safes, gun cabinets, and even gun walls and gun rooms.

Written by Emily Pritt