How safe is your gunsafe?
Can a three year old child easily open your gunsafe? Via Forbes, here’s a video of a 3 year old child opening three safes produced by Stack-On, which manufacturers the Bulldog and extremely popular “GunVault” line of safes.
As disturbing as the video is, the rest of the article at Forbes doesn’t exactly give out the warm fuzzies either. The writer takes a look at various models of quick access safes, most of which are made in China using their usual attention to quality control, and the results are that many different models can be easily defeated by means available to a curious toddler.
The best quote from the article, and the guideline which I’d use for any purchase of a safe is simple:
Electrons do not open doors; mechanical components do.
This is especially concerning considering the aggressive marketing campaign behind the GunVault line of safes, which are on the list of devices that are quite easily defeated by casual mischief. I guess the moral of the story is that if you’re going to buy a safe to secure your firearm, simply buying a box with a lock on it isn’t the answer; you have to research the actual locking mechanism that secures the box.
A good friend of mine works in information security, and we’ve talked in the past about the appearance of security vs. actual security. It would seem that the GunVault safes and other similar models that use electronic and biometric locks to control access simply appear to be secure. Unfortunately, this does nothing to address the issue of security for a firearm that needs to be quickly accessed in the event of an emergency. The answer of course has always been education and teaching your children to not mess with your guns. The best place to secure a firearm in the home is on your person. The best place to secure a firearm that’s not in use is in a properly made safe by a reputable company like Liberty Safes or Pendleton Safes. Not some cut rate Chinese operation.