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There’s an ongoing debate on gun ownership and one of the topics discussed is the requirement to have a gun safe to be able to buy a gun. There are millions of legally owned firearms all over America. With this vast amount of guns around, it begs the question: do you need a safe to buy a gun?
You don’t need a safe in order to buy a gun. The 2nd amendment serves as the legal basis for this as it implies the “right of the people to keep and bear arms”. However, federal and state governments implement different laws that help regulate firearms.
Safe Storage laws encourage gun owners to be responsible for how they handle their guns by requiring them to store their firearms unloaded and locked when unattended. If you don’t want to get in trouble with the law, check your state law and make sure you have a secured gun safe first before buying firearms if it requires so.
These laws change from state to state, but they also help prevent unauthorized users, including children, from accessing and using firearms, which can reduce the number of tragedies due to suicide, unintentional discharge, and gun theft.
In the United States, there are laws that require Americans to have a gun safe in order to buy a gun. Since October 2005, as part of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, it is illegal for any licensed importer, manufacturer or dealer to sell or transfer any handgun unless the transferee has secure gun storage or safety device.
The law includes various exceptions like transfers to other federal firearms licensees, law enforcement officers, and federal, state or local agencies. The legislation also does not apply to transfers by private sellers and does not require that transferees use the device.
There are 11 states that have laws concerning firearm locking devices. Massachusetts is the only state that requires people to store all firearms with a lock in place. California, Connecticut, and New York also implement this requirement but only in certain situations.
Federal and state law are almost similar in regards to locking devices. They both require locking devices for certain guns manufactured, sold, or transferred. Some states even have set standards for the design of locking devices or have them approved by a state agency for effectiveness.
While it is not against the 2nd amendment for gun owners to store guns in a safe, there are certain situations and conditions in the law that will require you to have one. Some states even require every gun owner to have a gun safe. As a gun owner, keeping your guns in a gun safe is also the most responsible thing you can do for yourself, your family, and your community.
Here’s a bit of a summary of state laws about gun storage:
These states only require locking devices for handgun sales and have different definitions and requirements of a locking device.
Before buying a gun, there are things you must consider and follow if you don’t want anything unfortunate happening to you or those around you.
Following these tips will lessen your chances with trouble against the government and some mishaps that you get from having no knowledge about gun ownership.
While the 2nd amendment holds true and allows us to own a gun without a safe (some States do require you to have one), it’s also irresponsible as gun owners not to have one. Having your guns stored safe and secure will keep them out of hands from burglars and your kids and prevent any accidents from happening.