Owning a gun is both a constitutional right in the United States and an enormous responsibility. Gun owners need to take steps to prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands, while still ensuring easy access should the need arise. If you're a hunter or collector, you want to protect your investment as well as secure your rifles, shotguns, and pistols. Gun safes offer a solution.
In many states, owning and using a rifle safe isn’t even a choice -- it’s required by state law for gun owners. While these laws vary widely from one state to another (sometimes all guns need to be stored in a safe, sometimes only handguns; sometimes every gun owner needs one, sometimes only in houses with children, for example), they exist out of a general concern for the safety and well-being of those around the gun owner. If there’s a gun in the house, you don’t want anyone who happens to see it to be able to access it, whether that is a burglar, an unruly houseguest, or your own toddler! To keep your firearms in the right hands, whether or not the law requires it in your particular case, a pistol safe or rifle safe is the safest choice.
Home Safe Limitations
For many gun owners, a basic home safe does double duty, providing a safe location for both handguns and valuables. This is a perfectly acceptable solution, but does present a problem with accessibility. A home safe doesn't offer easy access to firearms, especially if the safe is located in an out-of-the-way corner of the house. Most handgun owners prefer to locate gun safes in their bedrooms. And, of course, rifles and shotguns simply won't fit into a standard-sized safe.