My older brother is looking to purchase his first defensive handgun. While he seems hell bent on ignoring my advice of “just buy a Glock 19 and a bunch of mags”, one of the things that I do recommend for people like my brother is a good “quick access” gun safe. See, my brother has kids – kids that are at that age where they’re just like little velociraptors. They’re learning to open doors, and systematically attacking the fences to test for weaknesses. Needless to say, you need a place to lock those guns up.
Now, in order to keep the FTC happy, I should tell you that I’ve never received a dime from GunVault, the people whose safe I recommend. I just think it’s a good, solid design with the right features at a reasonable price point. The nice thing about the “quick access” safes is that if they’re coupled with a good alarm system, it’s not really that much slower than opening up a drawer to get at your HD handgun.
I do believe that if you have kids in the house you need to secure your firearms in some way or another, especially if you keep a gun for home defense. GunVault isn’t the only company that makes a quick access safe, so do your homework and shop around. Maybe the solution for you isn’t a safe, but rather to store the gun with the magazine out. While I’m generally opposed to storing home defense guns in such a way that they don’t go “bang” right away, there is a time in a child’s life where they’re not old enough to understand firearms safety yet, but have the velociraptor-esque skills to manipulate a firearm.