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Do you disarm when you get home?

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    I do remove it when at home, but is close at hand, unless I'm going back out, then I keep it on me.

    Probably when I get a pocket gun (thinking about an LCP) then I might keep it on me more.
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    I carry in my front pocket with my new mika paocket holster or I keep it near me, its just me and the wife and no kids yet.
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    I do disarm when I get home however since there are no children in the house there is always a firearm within seconds of wherever I am. I believe in always locking the doors and the pitbull female and warlock doberman male are a good first defense/alarm system.
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    It's always within arm's reach. My mantra is that the handgun is just a stopgap until I get to my long gun. On that note, I have a long gun handy on each level of the house.

    I have a 2yo daughter, and she gets into everything, but I've very firmly and repeatedly informed her that the guns are off-limits. She doesn't even show the slightest interest anymore. Of course, being 6'4", I can put things high enough to thwart the reach of a 2yo, and still easily accessible using my monkey arms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treo View Post
    Then you train him/her not to
    I do, also I said that a bit wrong. He kicks the gun/holster when I hold him. Generally it is just uncomfortable, but sometimes he hits the mag release.

    He doesn't reach up and start playing with the gun in that manner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    When you get home from work do take off your sidearm or do you wear it until you go to bed?
    Besides changing over from me street/work clothes to my house clothes, I unholster my gun as well as unlock my other handgun and place both of them in a gun carrying briefcase, which is close at hand at all times.

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    I'm always armed. When I get home I uparm. Usually unlock the safe and stage one of my ARs in a handy location. Pistol is always on my hip. If I'm going to spend alot of time outside, I'll switch out to my railed 1911 with the surefire mounted.
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    I also have rigged a holster and mag carrier on my tractor when I am out in the field mowing and might not be able to get to my house to arm up if needed.

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    You can tell from the replies that many - not all but a majority - of the people who have replied to the OP are of the "from the time I get out of bed until the time I get back into it" school of thought and for some people it's probably a good idea.

    I, on the other hand don't subscribe to the school of thought that we all must be armed during all waking hours, keep a gun in every room, sleep with a pistol under the pillow and a shotgun next to the bed. There are also a few die hards who'll tell you they even have a gun within arms reach while taking a shower or using their home toilet. Personally, if I didn't feel I could do my business in my own bathroom without a gun on the sink, I'd move or install window bars, bullet proof glass and an alarm!! Still, IMHO it's really a matter of personal preference and need based on our individual situation as to where and when YOU - or anyone - feel the need to carry a weapon. If someone feels the need to be armed at their home and it's legal, then do it.

    As for me, there are many places and times where I personally don't carry a gun because it's not practical, not legal or I already feel safe... my home is one of the latter. To use a well worn phrase, my home is my castle. I live in a very safe community where the most serious crime is normally a stolen bicycle and the rare burglary (usually lawn equipment and stuff from unlocked garages/cars). However, my house has a 6' fence around the yard, electronic locks on all exterior doors, exterior lights at night, monitored alarms on the doors and windows and several dogs in the yard. Carrying a weapon around the house is overkill in my opinion. There are also weapons in the house in several locations and I never leave the garage without a pistol in the car with me. Just because my home is in a "safe" neighborhood doesn't mean I don't take precautions!

    This is my situation and my decision. What works for me may not work for you and ultimately, we all must decide what works best for us individually. As I said earlier, if you want to carry a gun at home then do it, but do it because YOU feel it's necessary, not because someone else tells you to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rachilders View Post
    As for me, there are many places and times where I personally don't carry a gun because it's not practical, not legal or I already feel safe... my home is one of the latter. To use a well worn phrase, my home is my castle. I live in a very safe community where the most serious crime is normally a stolen bicycle and the rare burglary (usually lawn equipment and stuff from unlocked garages/cars). However, my house has a 6' fence around the yard, electronic locks on all exterior doors, exterior lights at night, monitored alarms on the doors and windows and several dogs in the yard. Carrying a weapon around the house is overkill in my opinion. There are also weapons in the house in several locations and I never leave the garage without a pistol in the car with me. Just because my home is in a "safe" neighborhood doesn't mean I don't take precautions!

    This is my situation and my decision. What works for me may not work for you and ultimately, we all must decide what works best for us individually. As I said earlier, if you want to carry a gun at home then do it, but do it because YOU feel it's necessary, not because someone else tells you to.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/07/nyregion/07slay.html - This happened in a "safe community" too...

    The men, the authorities say, had already strangled Dr. Petit’s wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, and in short order would also kill the couple’s two daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11. The elder suspect, Steven J. Hayes, 44, had poured gasoline on the girls and their mother, according to a lawyer and a law enforcement official involved in the case, in hopes of concealing DNA evidence of sexual assault. He had raped Ms. Hawke-Petit, and his partner, Joshua Komisarjevsky, 26, had sexually assaulted Michaela.
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    It was about 9:50 a.m. on July 23 when Dr. Petit, 50, burst into his backyard on what is normally a quiet street in a quiet town of 29,000 in central Connecticut. On this stormy summer morning it was the site of one of the most savage crimes in the state in decades.
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    The criminal justice system failed to treat Mr. Hayes and Mr. Komisarjevsky as serious offenders despite long histories of recidivism, repeatedly setting them free on parole.
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    The authorities say the intruders entered the house through an open door at 3 a.m. Monday as Dr. Petit slept in a chair on the first floor, his wife and daughters in their rooms upstairs. The previous evening, the men had followed Ms. Hawke-Petit and Michaela home from the parking lot of a Super Stop & Shop three miles away.
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    Cheshire, with the modest motto, “Bedding Plant Capital of Connecticut,” is, like its neighbor towns in the heart of Connecticut, a community of clapboard homes, big lawns and weekly Rotary Club meetings. People grow old on the same streets where they grew up. Every resident seems to have a dog, and every turn seems to lead to Main Street. There have been three homicides in the past decade. People still go to bed with doors unlocked.
    While it is your decision...I hope your family can live with that decision. Regardless what we FEEL, crime happens everywhere...it knows no boundaries.
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    I think in certain areas you are more likely to be the victim of a break in than a mugging
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    I usualy have my weapon holstered whenever I am dressed. If not holstered, it is non a nightstand, side table etc and within a few feet of me.
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    It's freaking awesome to see a thread you started almost a year ago still running :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    It's freaking awesome to see a thread you started almost a year ago still running :)
    I guess some subjects are timeless!

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    I am always carrying, home, out & about, at work. only time I am not is when I am sleeping, then it is next to the bed or where it is illegal.
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