This article was written by our colleagues on the other side of the pond, where our laws forbid the ownership of hand guns, there is some real good tips for those that still hold a licence for other weapons.
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Gun Ownership in Defense
When deciding whether a gun would be a good thing for securing your home, it’s important to assess your knowledge and capability with guns. In America we have the right to own a gun but hopefully we also have the intelligence not to if we don’t know how to use one responsibly. If you are going to get a gun for home security it can be useful not only in taking down an intruder but can also be useful in scaring one off or holding them off until proper police assistance has arrived. Obviously, safety is key. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe and be sure to always act responsibly when using a weapon. Be sure to tell an intruder that you are armed and don’t shoot if you don’t have to. If they are not an imminent threat to personal safety, it’s best not to put others at risk by firing.
Personal vs. Home Safety in choosing a gun
There’s a difference between personal and home safety and the types of guns most helpful for either. Personal safety involves protecting your person wherever you may be (ex. running in the park, driving in a bad area, etc.). This requires a very portable weapon and so has different restrictions from what you would want for home security. Home security is merely protecting yourself and your property in the home. This means that you can have a considerably larger gun than you would take out with you on a regular basis and also that you know the specifics of the guy in relation to your home. Will it shoot through the walls if you miss the target and hurt someone in the next room? Will you go through a target and damage things behind the target? Will the shot scatter making it the wrong choice if loved ones or important possessions are close on the scene? There are many debates about the benefits of a shotgun versus a pistol and then specifically different types of guns and ammunition, buckshot, birdshot, etc. but it’s a personal decision that needs to be made based upon your situation and knowledge so I will make no further advice on which type of gun here. I advise that in selecting a specific gun, pay attention to affordability, ease of use, accuracy, the power of the firearm, your personal knowledge and comfort with it and the potential dangers that it poses when fired and if it were to misfire.
Gun Storage and Safety
Most importantly, I would like to stress the importance of gun storage and safety. According to a survey done by Dr. Kellerman of Emery University, less than 5% of homicides in the home are ruled legally as self-defense and owning a gun makes the risk for homicide 2.7 times greater in your home. Based on this, I would emphasize the security of your gun storage over the accessibility, even in home defense. DO NOT keep your gun and your ammunition in the same location. DO NOT store your gun in a place without a lock or where the key is right at hand for anyone’s use. DO NOT own a gun if you do not understand how to use the safety, load and fire the gun, how to clean and care for the gun and have a safe place to store it. You are at a much higher risk for injury to yourself and loved ones from a child finding the weapon and firing it than from an intruder. Be sure that your first priority is preparing for everyday accidents as you also prepare for the unexpected intrusions.
This article was written by Lela, a writer for readyholster.com.