There are many different reasons to own a gun safe. Particularly in the area of gun safety, owning a safe can make a crucial difference in who has access to your firearms. When you think about it, a lot of people have access or go through your home on a regular basis: Children, friends, and relatives, of course, but also babysitters, cleaning people, repair people, and angry spouses.
Many states have laws requiring access restrictions on firearms. These laws vary widely. Even if you don't have children and never have a break-in, having a gun safe promotes peace of mind.
If you do have a break-in, not only may you lose your firearms, but also, you are already guaranteed that they have fallen into nefarious hands. A responsible firearm owner never wants to have that happen. Not only would this create potential emotional problems (“Who has it? Will they kill someone with it?”), but also, in the event that an incident does occur, you can be held liable for improperly storing your firearm, even if you dutifully reported the theft to the police.
Furthermore, insurance on firearms may require an appraisal, an additional rider to cover the actual value of your firearms, and, in the end, won’t cover the replacement value, only the market value. If you have family guns, the sentimental value can never be recovered. Your insurance company may also demand that your gun be kept in an alarmed, certified safe.
A gun safe is for life. Many other pieces of furniture will wear out or go out of style. A gun safe will outlast your new $3000 sofa, your dining room set, and even your car. Unfortunately, as a result, you have to ‘size for life’, meaning you can’t just buy a gun safe to cover your current firearms, you have to buy a size to meet your future needs, otherwise, you’ll end up having to buy another. It should also be noted that gun safes are typically bolted to the floor, so if you live in a rental, this won’t be possible.
You may wish to make sure your gun safe is also a fire safe. If a fire breaks out in your home, you won’t have time to collect valuables. A gun safe can also store quite a few other treasures, and they may be the only thing left if the fire is extensive. In fact, some fire departments don’t try to save the home which is actually on fire. Their foremost goal is to keep the fire from spreading to neighboring houses. For the record, many gun safes do not actually have the level of fire protection needed, because most people buy a gun safe for access restriction. So, be very aware of exactly what you are buying, because you’re going to spend some money if you really want your guns to be safe.
As an additional protection, gun locks and trigger locks can be used as an added layer of safety for restricting access,
Possibly the best suggestion is if you really want to keep your guns safer, have better whole-house protection. A quality alarm system, reinforced doors, a secure garages, and other factors can add an excellent additional layer of security against gun theft.