Children and guns do not mix, and it is your duty to ensure that guns are kept in child-proof gun cabinets. To build a child-proof gun cabinet you should start with a cabinet that is already fitted with good locks.
Step 1 – Choose Location
Decide on where the gun cabinet will be installed. If it is going to be displayed on the living room wall for visitors to appreciate make sure it has unbreakable glass in the doors. Behind a closet door or in the garage are other options.
Step 2 – Hide It from Children
Do not place a gun cabinet in a room where children will often play. Move it to a room where they do not normally go and if the room has a closet, put it in there. If possible, do not let the children know where your gun cabinet will be; curiosity is a very powerful trait in children.
Step 3 – Secure to Walls
If the cabinet is going to be on or against a wall use good quality fittings to connect it to the wall, preferably to the studs. If it is a solid wall you can use expansion bolts or cavity fittings on hollow walls. Securing the cabinet to the wall will keep it from falling over onto a child who might pull on it or try to climb on it.
Step 4 – Locks and Keys
Make sure the lock on the cabinet is really secure and keep the keys where the children will not find them. If you have any doubts at all about the lock on the gun cabinet, either replace it or fit the cabinet with an additional lock. You do not need to carry your gun cabinet key around with you so don’t put it on your key ring with your house keys. Instead, secure it in a safe where the children do not have access.
Step 5 – Closet Door
If the gun cabinet is in a closet fit a good lock to the closet door. It is a good idea to move the door lock to the top of the door so the children can’t reach it.
Step 6 – Self Discipline
Decide that you are going to use all the locks every time you close your gun cabinet. You can have the most child proof gun cabinet in the world, but if you fail to lock it, it becomes useless.
It is not possible to be too careful with guns, and if you are not using them they should be locked away. A gun that is not in a child-proof gun cabinet is always going to be a potential threat – even more so if it isn’t locked into anything at all. Having multiple security features for your gun cabinet will protect the children in your home and possibly save a life.