Originally Posted by stl_boy32
what are some ways I can keep my weapons out of reach of kids but still have them ready if something ever happens
Personally, I am in the camp that believes in not leaving guns laying around whether childen are in the home or not. What about visitors such as friends, family, service people, children of friends and family? Not worth the risk since there are so many options out there that reasonably secure a firearm and have pretty quick access as well.
I always pocket carry around the home and have a dedicated HD handgun. My defensive shotgun is also loaded and chambered with the safety on and resides in my safe. It's not the fastest to acces but that is one reason why so many choose a handgun for their primary HD gun, especially with kids.
Look for a good quality handgun safe that you can fasten to something solid. If you always keep the gun in there and theft is a concern look for one made of at least 11GA steel as it will buy you a little more time from theives than the lighter ones. All will keep your young kids out since they won't destroy it like a theif will. If you are weary of electronics on a safe then look at the ones that have push button mechanical locks. Most of these type safes are constucted of heavier steel as well. Here's mine. Good luck!