Where Do Gun Owners Keep Their Guns At Night? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Recently our team decided to conduct some research. We distributed a survey designed to help us learn more about where and how gun owners keep their firearms during the night. We isolated the responses to just those from gun owners who say they do keep the gun near or on the bed when sleeping.

Below are the results but before you stop reading and scroll down to the infographic please consider the following:

  1. A lot of gun owners understand that their response to an emergency such as a home invasion will be slower if they have to retrieve the firearm from a safe vs the firearm sitting atop the nightstand; but do you know HOW MUCH SLOWER? Click here to see our video where we test and time different responses times with different safe and no-safe configurations.
  2. One of the questions asked in the survey was left out of the below infographic and its worth quickly mentioning why. We wondered if gun owners were more or less likely to keep the gun in a safe near the bed if they had a loud dog, if their bedroom were on a second level or basement further away from home entry points, if they had roommates, or if they had an alarm system. The results didn't tell any story. Despite any of those variables being true or false for the gun owner they were still no more or less likely than the control group.

Ok, with that said I hope you find the below information valuable and hope you will follow the link below the infographic to see the rest of our testing on this topic.

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About Jacob Paulsen

Jacob S. Paulsen is the President of ConcealedCarry.com. ConcealedCarry.com provides in-person and online firearm training for American gun owners. The Company is currently teaching in-person classes in 25+ states with a team of more than 55 instructors. Jacob is a NRA certified instructor & Range Safety Officer, USCCA certified instructor and training counselor, Utah BCI instructor, Affiliate instructor for Next Level Training, Graduate and certified instructor for The Law of Self Defense, and a Glock and Sig Sauer Certified Armorer. He resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with his wife and children.


  1. Bob Conrad on July 1, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Great to see such data!!!!!

    • Jose Guajardo on July 5, 2017 at 9:33 am

      en mi velador

  2. Anthony Ficociello on February 8, 2018 at 11:58 am

    As a new gun owner, I was worried about a mistaken entry by one of my kids or sleeping through an entry by a bad guy. Funny how blind you can be but it was suggested to simply lock th bedroom door and you will obviously hear that being opened and have time to ask a question. We also now have a code word with the kids. great info here which started a much needed conversation.

  3. Charles Bailey on February 26, 2018 at 12:06 am

    I had 3 children at home and I taught them to respect property the guns were my property and they had no right to them their sporting equipment was their property and I had no right to their property. Being harmed by the gun was never taught until it was time to have their own gun. There was never an accident not were my guns ever bothered by my children and the guns were kept in my home office. They could have laid hold of them at any time, but property rights were sacred around my home. If you don’t teach your children this they will eventually lay hands on a strangers property.

  4. Susan Hill on April 16, 2018 at 1:35 am

    Like your surveys, especially this one. I wouldn’t hear anyone unless I was having a sleepless night. I’d be dead way before I woke up (providing they were there to kill anyone in the first place) Anyway it helped me know what to do. Thanks.

  5. Mikial on April 25, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    First, a great survey and article. Well done.

    Now, a few points.

    1. Like one of the other commentators, I raised my children in a home where there were lots of guns, some of them loaded, and never had a single incident of any of them touching one. Teach them and know their personalities and you need not fear.

    2. No one lives in our house except my wife and I, and we sleep with loaded guns next to the bed; a handgun each and a loaded 12 gauge. We also carry wherever we are in the home and carry outside the home. Our guns are always carried with a round in the chamber.

    3. We sleep with our bedroom door both locked and with a security bar on it so that it would take time and a lot of noise for anyone to get into our bedroom.

    4. Your link to the rest of your research on the topic doesn’t seem to work. 😉

    Great article. Thanks!

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