Originally Posted by Gojubrian
As always, education is a good prevention. My kids get to shoot and help clean my firearms and know gun safety. They have no curiosity that has not been answered, so there's no need to sneak.
I absolutely agree. I have 2 rifles and a handgun, and my daughters have shot all of them (the 15 yr old likes the .22 and the 9 yr old likes the 30-30). The girls know what the guns can do and what not to do with them. Most of the time when I go to the range at least one of them goes with me. Neither of them cares much about the guns (except the 15 yr old wants a pink handgun, she's very girlie).
I keep the handgun in a small keypad/key safe by the bed that stays locked during the day and I open it up at night and sleep with it that way. My kids know what's in the safe and we don't hide anything from them. The rifles are in hard cases w/ bolt locks on them. The same holds true with most things (like alcohol) if you don't make it "taboo" and you educate them they usually won't get stupid with it.
Mainly the locks/safe are there so I don't come home and find an intruder with my gun in his hand. I would like, in the future, to get another (maybe between the studs style) safe for the downstairs too.
Congrats on the little one, and make sure to enjoy every minute!