Loaded guns in the house; too much or prudent?

Loaded guns in the house; too much or prudent?

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    Loaded guns in the house; too much or prudent?

    Just wondering if others keep more than one loaded gun accessible in their home. Not sure if I am too paranoid or just prepared.

    I have a loaded pistol in a biometric box on my nightstand, a pistol on the top shelf of my hall closet next to the front door, a pistol in my basement work area and a pistol and shotgun in my gun safe in the garage.

    Too much or prudent?

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    Back when I was single and lived in a very rural area, I had a loaded firearm in every room.

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    Ditto; I keep several scattered in hidden places about the house, including loaded weapons in the gun safe.

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    8 in this house, some in the safe, others being carried, is that too much?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hivoltage View Post
    I think you will find that you are not alone!!
    Every time I see your avatar, I forget what the thread is all about. Anyway, I usually have all my guns loaded when they are actually here. My memory is bad enough, so I don't want to think about which one is and which one isn’t.
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    I keep one near every entrance and in my home office. I also carry one on my body. We live in a small city bordering farmland so I take no chances. So you are not alone.

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    Every gun I own stays loaded. I don't keep them scattered throughout the house really though. I may keep my M4 in my main room, and always have my pistol on me.

    My thoughts are that if they are easily accessible and in the open scattered throughout the house, it may also make them easily accessible to an intruder. I'd hate to have them used against me. So for the most part, they stay in the bedroom. I will use my pistol to get to my long guns if need be.

    Now, when something goes bump in the night, I always have the hard decision of WHICH gun do I want to investigate with :D

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    I am not a gun person in the sense that I collect beautiful and interesting guns. My guns are tools for self defense. For my purposes, this tool has to be available and ready to go to have any utility. Therefore, my guns are available and ready to go in locations where I might need them. My fire extinguishers are available and ready to go and in locations where I might need them. etc

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    What good are unloaded guns? There are several loaded guns in the house right now. They are NOT scattered about the house; I don't want an intruder to be nearer a weapon than myself, if at all possible. For some reason, lots of folks keep guns in closets by the entrances, and brag about it on the internet, as if they are prepared. HELLO! Burglars know this! Of course, burglars knew this before the internet existed, too.

    Multiple locations can be good, but centralized beats scattered.

    At this moment, my wife is sleeping in one bedroom, and she could fight a war with what is in there, as it includes my duty pistols and shotguns, along with her revolver. I have a .357 on my person, and there is a shotgun nearby.

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    I am with tiwee, on job sites I requier a fire extinguisher be with in 5 feet of any gas powered equipment. The same applies to me and my sidearm around the house.

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    I only keep one extra loaded gun in the house, in my nightstand. Of course when I'm awake my EDC is either being worn, or within arms reach. The rest of my guns are in my gun safe, loaded.

    I hope that since you have loaded guns throughout your house, there are no minor children living with you. If there are, either lock them away, or put them in lock boxes.
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    I think you have to balance safety with security. I keep my weapon on me, loaded while I am awake. When sleeping, it goes in the safe, loaded, next to the bed.

    For my wife, hers is loaded either on her, or in her safe.

    Other weapons are loaded in the main safe, stored and unloaded.

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    I don't and won't have more guns around ready for use that I can't control at any one time.
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