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The other day I received a new IWB holster. I was trying it out unloaded. Worked as advertised. I loaded up and was checking out how things looked in the mirror in our master bedroom. I had just drawn out of the holster intending to return my gun to its gunvault, when my wife called to me from the main floor of our house. ( Master is upstairs. Poor planning for when I grow old). Anyway for some reason I just laid my Glock 23 on the vanity counter and went to see what she needed. Both of my kids were asleep at this time. My 3 year old son in his room just down the hall, and my 5 year old son in my bed! He had snuck in around 4 am. As i reached the bottom of the stairs I realized I was wearing an empty holster and let me tell you I got the chills real bad. I raced upstairs retrieved gun and put in said new holster. Both of my boys know that they should get an adult if they ever see a firearm unattended, but I Am not gonna trust in that. I never thought I would be that negligent guy. It was only 20 seconds, but 1 second is too much IMHO. I am glad I could learn a lesson with only some holes put into my ego. Well flame away or not, but stay safe!
 

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You did the right thing by educating your kids what to do if they see a gun. That is the biggest safety concern you can deal with. None of us are perfect but training everyone in the household what to do when we make mistakes is the correct course. Benefits of this training will protect them when they are at their friends homes also. Taking them to the range instills respect for firearms and safety. Good job.
 

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Amen. With the yungins running around, there is always a total level of awareness and responsibility required to keep them safe from your firearms.

It get's better though, as they grow older, and eventually move out to lead adult lives.

However, having a swimming pool, and hosting other's to the house, we now challenge each other, prior to the guests arriving on if all of the firearms and bladed weapons are secured if our guests are bringing yungins with them.

Also agree with an above poster that your education of your children is a great first step, but not fail proof, as you admitted. Stay safe!
 

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Glad everything turned out okay.

I have a 5 year old daughter. She's already been taught about gun safety and is constantly reminded about it because I'm always messing with my guns.

Thing is, even teaching kids that young about gun safety, they can be overcome by curiosity.

I remember being about 7 or 8 years old and finding my dads .22 revolver while they were outside visiting with their friends.

I had been taught enough to check the gun and make sure it was empty, but I had to play with it. The urge was just too strong, lol.

I sometimes think about that and if it was my daughter in my place and what she would do. Scary, because you just don't know.

I don't have a safe yet, but my ammo is locked up in an ammo box. Except for my G23, which is up high where she can't reach it.
 

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I have grands living with me for a few months. My son and his wife and my wife... they just don't want me to explain anything to the grands. They certainly don't need to be in our bedroom and during the day it is in its holster on me. In fact the only time I lock it away is when I am swimming with the grands.
 

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Glad everything turned out okay.

I have a 5 year old daughter. She's already been taught about gun safety and is constantly reminded about it because I'm always messing with my guns.

Thing is, even teaching kids that young about gun safety, they can be overcome by curiosity.

I remember being about 7 or 8 years old and finding my dads .22 revolver while they were outside visiting with their friends.

I had been taught enough to check the gun and make sure it was empty, but I had to play with it. The urge was just too strong, lol.

I sometimes think about that and if it was my daughter in my place and what she would do. Scary, because you just don't know.

I don't have a safe yet, but my ammo is locked up in an ammo box. Except for my G23, which is up high where she can't reach it.
Just for the record, I have discovered that there is no such thing as being too high to be out of reach of my 5 year old.
 

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Educating you kids is everything.......raised 3 boys, no safes and no incidents ever.
I agree about education, but at 3yrs and 5yrs of age I would not feel safe not having positive control over my firearms at all times. On that note I will keep teaching and keep looking forward to the day when I can share my guns with the boys!

As they get older and start having friends over I won't have to worry about their friends gun experience ( or lack of ), by simply locking the guns that I'm not wearing up.
 

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Early and frequent education is very important but the fact is that even the best kid is just that, a kid. They lack the development to always make the best choices. Unfortunately many adults do as well. A little peer pressure or desire to impress a friend can quickly turn a smart cautious kid into making a bad choice.
 
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