Jodie Foster in her movie calls it a "panic room." We ourself here refer to it as our safe room, however. The place that works best for me is that bedroom highest and deepest into my home which I keep separately locked and where I sleep and keep my gun safe with all my guns. It is rather like the holy of holies of King Solomon's Temple described in the book of Kings. And the gunsafe itself is like the Ark. And within it are the implements which protect individual and political freedom. The safe is locked, the safe room is locked, and the home itself is locked, so 3 locks protect it. Some kind of handgun or shotgun or assault rifle, depending on whom you talk to, is the mainstay of instant immediate protection. I have heard arguments supporting each of these three. I suppose it all depends on how many preloaded rounds you need to feel safe in your neighborhood, whether 6, 14, or 30 is enough. At different points in my life, I have gone through each perspective. Now I am happy with only 6. But I keep several more additional rounds on the holster itself, in the unlikely event that I might need to reload. I don't believe in hiding guns elsewhere around the house. But I know that others do. I don't answer the door for anyone at any time that I have any doubts about. And if I have any doubts, then I grab a gun first and I conceal it. That is one reason alone that a big framed handgun is not alone a good home defense weapon, because you cannot conceal it. And you would freak someone out if you openly wore or carried it while answering the door. So my rule is that all guns go into the safe, where the safe keeps all the guns safe all day long, locked, when I am not there, and there are no other guns hidden about the house. When I come home, the first thing I do is go to the safe and unlock it. Then everything in it is available to me, if and when I need it. If kids are around the house, though, then I need to make adjustments to this procedure, since kids and guns are dangerous whenever they connect. The safe stays unlocked all evening and night, until I get ready to leave for work. The safe is bolted to the floor, so it cannot be easily removed by a thief. In this sense, I operate my safe like an armory, where everything is under lock and key and combination. And I wonder what other folks are doing to address all these safety issues?