friend of mine had her burglar alarm go off. false alarm, but the sight of her husband wielding a golf club got her thinking it was time for more. they asked to come over and discuss guns with me. they were interested in some particular semi-autos. now i knew these pistols were unloaded but after removing them from the safe and their cases, i still pulled back the slides, removed the magazines and showed my friends that the pistols were unloaded. she snickered, shook her head and called my precautions "excessive" a colleague has a son who asked to see some pistols. the son assured me he knew how to handle guns since he "plays lots of 'call of duty' and watches lots of t.v." i used each occasion to patiently explain many aspects of gun ownership. i sure hope it helped!