The other day I wrote a post asking whether or not most people store their magazines loaded or unloaded. The more I thought about the vague title, the more I was drawn to a safety rule we’ve always had in my house:
Every gun is loaded.
We always maintain that belief at home. Never treat a firearm like its unloaded unless you have checked yourself and know 100%. I know of a few other families and organizations that have a rule exactly like that. Its just really good practice to assume every firearm you touch is loaded until you can confirm otherwise yourself.
So to go one step farther, even if you maintain the belief that every gun in your home is loaded, are they? Is it in your practice to keep your firearms loaded at all times? I’m kinda torn on this issue because I have mixed opinions. I obviously don’t want someone to get my firearms and accidentally shoot themselves or someone else. I also feel keeping a firearm loaded is good for home/personal defense. And as a family friend says, “just in case that big buck comes walking through the back yard again”.
But because of my mixed feelings, the only weapon I keep loaded is my pistol; its always within arms reach and nobody else has a chance to touch it without me knowing. None of my 3 rifles are loaded where I store them. I do however keep a loaded magazine close by for an emergency situation that hopefully never occurs. But where do you stand? Let me know because I’m really curious.