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5 Myths You Should Know about Gun Safes

Controlling who has access to your firearms is an integral aspect of gun safety, and one of the best ways to do that is to invest in a high-quality safe from a company like Southern California Security Centers. Unfortunately, purchasing a gun safe can be a confusing process, and it is often difficult to separate fact from fiction. Here are five of the most common myths about gun safes and some tips that will help you find the right model.

Traditional Safes Are Identical to Gun Safes

Many different types of safes can be used to store firearms, but purpose-built gun safes tend to have a few important features. These devices are usually built with fast-access locks that allow you to open the door quickly or with just one hand. Some of them also contain additional security mechanisms for specific firearms or types of ammo.

Heavier Safes Are Stronger

Just because a safe is heavy doesn’t mean that it is going to be particularly secure. If you want to know how strong a safe really is, then you need to check on its ratings. Any safes that you are thinking about buying should have multiple ratings from third-party inspectors. Those ratings are determined by how well they resist fires, water, and burglary attempts.

Large Gun Safes Don’t Need to Be Bolted Down

Every single safe in the world can be broken into with enough time and the right tools. That is why it is so important to anchor your gun safe to the foundation of your home with multiple bolts. A group of two or three thieves can easily get away with a safe that weighs a few hundred pounds, but they might not bother taking the firearms if they have to cut through five or six steel bolts.

Loaded Weapons Can Be Stored in a Safe

All firearms must be unloaded and cleared before they are stored in a safe. Forgetting to remove a shell or bullet from the chamber could lead to a deadly accident next time you go through your collection. You also need to consider the fact that you might not be the next person to handle one of your firearms. If something happens to you, then a loved one will most likely open the safe at some point.

Electronic Safes Are More Secure

Modern electronic safes have many great features, but they aren’t always more secure. A biometric scanner can become damaged during a fire or flood, and the safe might not open after a natural disaster. Mechanical locks tend to be more reliable, but they also take longer to open.

Once you have purchased your gun safe, you must make sure that it is locked and secured at all times. Depending on where you live, negligently storing your guns could result in criminal or civil charges if anyone ever gains access to your firearms.

Tim Esterdahl

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