A topic that comes up often is whether or not to keep loaded weapons, particularly loaded handguns, in homes where there are children. The fear is that their kids may accidentally or on purpose find the loaded gun. I think this is a valid concern, but I also think there’s a simple solution to this problem.
Carry At Home
It’s just that simple: carry your gun at home. Now I understand that not everyone has a concealed carry permit. If you live in a country and a state where this is allowed, I think you should get your concealed carry permit, get some training, and carry all the time. But even if you don’t have a concealed carry permit, in most places (at least in the United States) it’s perfectly legal for you to carry either concealed or openly in your own home.
If you don’t already know, check your state and local laws to be sure carrying within your home/on your property is legal. If it’s not legal where you live (you seriously need to move), there are some that would advise you to do it anyways and keep your mouth shut. I of course am above such advice.
Carrying at home solves a couple problems. First, if the only loaded gun in the house is strapped to your side, your children aren’t going to accidentally or on purpose find a loaded gun in your home.
Second, in most cases where you’re going to need a gun, such as a home invasion, you probably aren’t going to have time to run to where the loaded gun is. Telling the bad guy “hey, just a second, my gun is in the other room” probably won’t work.
Tips for Home Carry
Usually the push back on this advice comes in two forms: it’s uncomfortable, and I don’t want my kids to know I carry.
Yes it’s possible to comfortably carry a gun. Hopefully you’re comfortably carrying all day long, but if you’re not, comfort is about finding the right carry position, gun and holster. This is a much broader topic, but here is one method that works for me.
When I’m hanging out around the house, particularly in the evening, I don’t always want to have a gun belt on. If you don’t have a gun belt or don’t know why a gun belt is important, start here. A way to comfortably carry a gun without a gun belt is with a friction holster like the previously reviewed Remora Holsters. A lot of days, this is my go to option for carrying at home in the evening.
If you don’t want your kids to know that you’re carrying a gun, carry it concealed. To pull this off, you may need to adjust your carry position.
For example, I have a three year old daughter, and for the past three months or so, I’ve been carrying in the appendix position. This doesn’t always work at home in the evenings though, because my daughter is quite frequently sitting in my lap, crawling on me, or I’m carrying her in my arms. All of which brings her in close proximity to my gun. Now, I’m not afraid that the gun is going to automagically go off or anything, but I want to avoid her asking me about it because she’s three and won’t understand.
This is why I adjust my carry position, and usually carry in the 3:30-4:30 position.
Logistically, here’s the way it works. Carry your gun in whatever manner works for you, up until it’s time to go to bed. Take your gun off, put it on the nightstand next to your bed or wherever you’re going to keep it. The next morning, put the gun back on. It’s that simple. If you do this, your kids will not have the opportunity to find a loaded gun.
I hope this helps someone. It’s a simple solution to a very real problem that works. I’m sure there are others, so what works for you? Or maybe you think I’m nuts? Let me know in the comments.