This is a discussion on How to balance child safety with intruder preparedness? within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; In Minnesota this would be a gross misdemeanor, have you checked your state laws? Originally Posted by BugDude I sleep with a properly holstered firearm ...
Hey Y'all: Many comments about "childproofing" etal. Personally, as I have already replied, children are called children for a reason and up to a certain age (not sure what that age should be--perhaps 10+) I do not like the idea of having to inject the thought of a firearm as self defense into their minds. Many of you live in rural areas and whether it is for self defense or hunting, you "grew up" with firearms and feel familiar with them and see no reason to change your view on same---I did not nor have I ever had a reason to even own a firearm so I cannot really relate to your positive views on explaining to children say 3-9 years old why daddy has a firearm, what it can do to people, and why they should not touch it or, if so inclined, how to touch it and how to handle it. I just hope that y'all realize that no matter what you say, you are saying it to a child and, by definition, it will not be processed the way you think it will be. Think 100% safety when it comes to the child and if that comes into competition with home defense--so be it.
So we have to filter for them, and show them the way as they demonstrate to us their readiness and comprehension.
And even then, they cannot be trusted, 100%, simply because they are children.
My only issue with that one is, from what I can tell, is battery powered only? I definitely want one that has two power sources so the chances of a no-power situation are very low.
I have doubts that 'a loaded firearm under my pillow while I sleep' would be regarded as reasonable steps to secure the firearm against access by a child. There are way too many 'what ifs' if this scenario.It is a gross misdemeanor to intentionally or recklessly cause
a child under the age of 14 to be placed in a situation likely
to substantially harm the child’s physical health or cause the
child’s death as a result of the child’s access to a loaded
firearm. It is also a gross misdemeanor to negligently store
or leave a loaded firearm in a location where the person
knows or should know that a child under the age of 18 is
likely to gain access, unless reasonable steps are taken to
secure the firearm against access by the child.
I have never believed that showing a kid somehow mystically and magically makes that kid's interest in firearms diminish. Heck it had the exact opposite effect on me.
^ It really depends on the child - different people are just different.