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Why You Shouldn’t Keep the Gun On the Night Stand

In a recent class a student told me,

“My father taught me that when there is an intruder in the home seconds count and you won't have time to get to the gun safe. You should sleep with the gun on your night stand for quick and easy access.”

safe on night standYour firearm storage plans in your home need to revolve around gun safes. When a firearm is properly stored in a gun safe it is secure against various dangers including burglars and little children. Quality gun safes also protect the contents from flood and fire. Many gun safes can be opened quickly and stored in places where one would feel they need emergency access to the firearm.

The key is to properly balance availability and safety. A small gun safe mounted to your nightstand or in the drawer of your night stand makes that firearm nearly as available as the gun sitting atop the nightstand but it also adds a significant layer of safety while reducing liability and risk.

How do you balance availability and safety?

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12 Responses to Why You Shouldn’t Keep the Gun On the Night Stand

  1. Mickey December 15, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

    I do think some kind of pistol safe on the night stand is a good idea–sleeping and dreaming could reult in grabing the weapon by accident —-just sayn

    • Mike December 15, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

      I agree 100% I cant even sleep with a phone on the night stand.. Ive woken up talking to people on it with no memory of it ringing 😉

    • Dick January 7, 2016 at 9:50 am #

      I have often thought about that. I keep mine handy at night BUT I have to get out of bed to get it. Thanks

  2. Joe December 15, 2015 at 7:03 pm #

    I don’t have any children. None, so this isn’t an issue for me. Kids do not come into this house at night. (At least they shouldn’t, or else…) If they are here in the day (with a relative say), then the guns are already locked in the gun safe, with the exception of my primary and back up piece which are secured upon my person. However I don’t keep the pistol on my nightstand (nor in it), and it’s not in some holster stuffed between my mattress & box spring. (It’s not anywhere on the bed, nor is it even touching the bed.) It is instantly accessible to me, and in fact puts me in an excellent fighting position if the need arises (God forbid), but is not in plain sight, and it’s not in any type of safe. I’m not going to say where I keep it because I don’t want anyone to know, hence the term “concealed”, both from sight AND mind (of anyone but me.) There are always exceptions to every rule, and the number one rule is to practice, practice, practice with your firearms so you can handle them quickly as well as “knowledgeably safe” (as is humanly possible.) Another thing I do is constantly test new methods, as well as improve upon old ones to create a good working foundation, and I will always stress the foundation basics. Watch your back, and keep your nose clean. (And your powder dry!)

  3. Dynamicdave December 16, 2015 at 2:25 am #

    I keep my .357 next to me on my computer stand. Easy reach. We have NO CHILDREN in the house. It is holstered and ready for action. Same rules don’t apply for everybody and their particular circumstances.

  4. Rumple Stiltskin December 16, 2015 at 6:37 am #

    What good is a gun you can’t access for immediate use??

    • Jacob Paulsen December 16, 2015 at 8:31 am #

      Rumple, I agree but I also am of the opinion that there are a lot of ways to make the gun both available for immediate use AND secured in a locked safe.

  5. Semper Fi December 16, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    We have no children at home, So we keep our gun’s where we can get to them quick if need be. Also if someone breaks into your home will their gun be in a gun safe. Oh wait give me a minute to get mine out before you shoot me. If there are no children living there I say keep it where it makes you feel safe and not in a safe

  6. LARRY December 16, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    I agree with all of the above.

  7. Anna November 4, 2019 at 9:10 am #

    Why not just teach kids to not shoot themselves or their friends? Just because you have kids around is a very bad reason to keep your defense guns in a safe. Growing up I knew where the guns were kept throughtout the house, how to use them, and when to use them. Somehow I never shot anything other than a few critters or targets despite growing up with guns everywhere.

  8. Jimmy Lewis Ratcliff August 4, 2020 at 7:01 pm #

    My dad had 7 kids, we had no guns in the house. I spent a lot of time on my grandparents house. Shotgun, and rifles were there. I carried around the .22 from the time I was ten, the shotgun at 15. Never a problem. Never understood dads logic.

  9. Jimmy Lewis Ratcliff August 4, 2020 at 7:42 pm #

    On my grandparents farm.

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