The need to secure your firearms may be at its peak when storms and severe weather hit your community.
If the weather becomes severe enough, you may need to temporarily evacuate. That means your gun will be unattended, and we have all seen the news reports about looters. Your weapons could also be subject to damage from flooding.
Here are a few ways to secure firearms in the face of severe weather.
Safe Firearm Storage
If you live in a flood plain or near a body of water, it’s important to keep in mind that waters could rise. That means elevating your firearms is a good strategy to keep them from getting submerged. Move them to the second floor of attic. If you have a single-level living space, upper cabinet shelves will work for small arms. The higher up they are the better.
Looters and Thieves
Gun owners generally have precautions in place for home safety. You may use trigger locks and keep ammo separate. But if you must evacuate, either you will need to pack up your guns or put them in something secure.
Air-tight strong boxes are an excellent choice for the gun enthusiast that wants to keep weapons out of the wrong hands and protect the finish from the elements. In terms of looter protection, weight is an excellent deterrent. Those vultures are looking to carry off valuables, and a heavy strong box can be a problem.
If you have a selection of rifles, there are numerous steel gun cabinets on the market that won’t break the bank. They are generally light enough to move up and down stairs. However, they can also be bulky enough to deter thieves. Consider a 10-gauge thickness and a fire rating of 1,300 degrees or higher. Large, well-rated gun cabinets cost a little more. But, nothing is more conspicuous than someone trying to carry a steel cabinet down the street.
When severe weather impacts your community, gun owners need to take additional precautions to keep weapons out of harm’s way and out of the hands of criminals.
~ Firearm Daily