Hiding Guns in Plain Sight

By CTD Blogger published on in Safety and Training

Daniel McNamara and his wife returned to their Detroit home last month around 6 p.m. As the McNamara’s entered their home, two men approached them from behind and ordered them inside the home at gunpoint. The suspects told the McNamara’s to turn around so they wouldn’t remember their faces while they stole jewelry, cash, cell phones, and other valuables.

jewerly case repurposed as gun storage

This particular jewelry box fits a Glock 34, four loaded magazines, a loaded Armscor model M200 revolver, extra ammunition and other accessories.

By Jason Hanson

The intruders ordered the couple down into the basement and repeatedly told the couple not to look at them or they would shoot them in the face. While downstairs, one of the criminals walked back toward the stairs at which point Daniel grabbed a handgun he had hidden in the basement. Daniel fired two shots hitting one of the suspects as they both fled the house to a waiting car.

Obviously, Daniel probably saved himself and his wife by having a hidden gun in his basement, because you never know what horrific actions two men with guns in your house are capable of.

This is why I’m a firm believer in having a gun in every room of your house. You never know when someone will break in and you may be cleaning up the kitchen after dinner when you need to stop an intruder or you may be in the basement watching TV. To ensure you’re not caught off guard wherever in the house you are, where can you safely hide a gun?

When thinking about places to hide guns in your home there are three critical things to consider. You must make sure the guns are secure from children, easy for you to access, and out of sight. What I mean is, you don’t want to keep your shotgun hanging above your mantel for a criminal to walk in and steal.

Within the last few years, there has been an increase in the popularity of hidden places within furniture to hide guns. Clearly, the biggest advantage of hiding guns inside furniture is that it’s discreet, easy to access, and all of us have it. The fact is, when you hide weapons inside furniture you avoid having to fidget with heavy metal doors and big bulky locks that are on many traditional gun safes.

Picture shows a man swiping his finger on a biometric safe.

A green light will appear above the fingerprint scanner, indicating the safe is ready to read your fingerprints.

I recently spoke with a client who went to access his guns from his large standard safe and the battery for the keypad was dead. Luckily for him this was not an emergency situation but this is one of the many drawbacks to storing all your guns in a large standard safe.

As I just mentioned, with the rapid increase of gun sales in the last few years there has also been a surge in furniture manufactures that produce pieces for storing weapons. One popular company that is producing this type of furniture is called Stealth Furniture. They’re a relatively new company and they sell mostly small furniture such as coffee tables, entry tables, and dressers. All of these pieces can store long guns or pistols and easily open on the end so you can retrieve your firearm.

Another popular company for gun storage in furniture is called Secret Compartment Furniture. By far, this company has the widest selection of furniture and color options. They sell everything from small end tables to large bed sets that have hidden storage areas. One of the pieces they sell is a bed that has a hidden compartment at the top of the headboard. This gives you plenty of room to hide a long gun or any valuables.

Another company you may want to check out is called New Jersey Concealment Furniture. The great thing about this company is they’ll make your piece custom and allow you to pick out all the options you would like such as color and the locking mechanism. They make mostly furniture but do have some smaller options such as a wooden coat rack with a hidden compartment. The top portion of the coat rack opens up and you can store a pistol. All three of these companies offer different options so I would check them out and see if a large piece or small piece better fits your needs.

Now, as James Bondish as some of these furniture items appear they do have a few drawbacks. The biggest misconception is that people think they can hide their guns and not worry about kids finding them. Trust me, if there is a way to open a hidden door on furniture or a button to push, my kids could find it. So please remember, you still need to make sure the locks are always secure and children can’t access the guns.

Second, you need to remember that furniture is not fireproof. So, if you have an antique gun that was passed down generations, you want to consider keeping it in a fireproof safe. Most homeowners insurance policies to do not cover firearms, or if it does cover your firearms, it may be only up to a certain amount such as $2,000.

However you choose to store your firearms, you need to remember that it is our responsibility as gun owners to store them safely. So, the next time your spouse says they want to go furniture shopping, you can share a picture of the beautiful table you found for your entry way.

Jason Hanson is a former CIA Officer and New York Times bestselling author of Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life. To get a free credit card knife from Jason, visit www.SpyEscape.com

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Comments (29)

  • Dan


    America has changed and certainly not for the better. The cause, I believe, has been the erosion of personal and family values, the blurring of the the lines between right and wrong and a government which fosters political correctness and a society where you don’t need to work to feed yourself. I have watched those receiving the government “dole” pay for their groceries with EBT i.e. food stamps, buy booze with cash and then drive home in their new cars. The court system is broken, the government needs strong leaders who are capable of becoming our heros rather than the distain of the world. This country is headed for socialism/communism and no one, just like the president, will name the enemy.


  • Dennis


    BAD IDEA: too many ways for a gun to be stolen or be found by a child. Ever thought of carrying at home? You are always ready and your gun is under your control.


  • bumper



    Well I hope you didn’t waste all those good years. Had you, I’m in too with 8 years in the Navy and 10 on the Oakland Police Dept. And a very many, some friends, are in with much more sacrifice.

    On topic:

    I think a concealed carry gun is probably of more use than a hidden gun. Though any is better than none and if a hidden gun works for you (and you wouldn’t *always* carry in any case, then do what works.

    If a bad guy has “the drop” on you, it likely takes less inattention or screw up on his part that would allow you to bring your weapon to bear than it would for you to avail yourself of a hidden gun. The pertinent rule is, “Don’t draw on a drawn gun” so the bad guy’s inattention is critical.

    You might plan ahead as to what you might do to gain that distraction or inattention; drop a wallet, feign a heart attack, a coughing spasm, whatever. Or. depending on how the bad guy/s deport themselves, simply watch carefully, waiting for that moment.

    Off topic:

    I agree we may have crested that apogee of American Greatness and are headed down the dark side. If things get a lot worse, those who prepared will be in a more tenable position.


  • Bruce


    We have no little kids running around anymore, so I don’t worry about keeping guns locked up. We keep the alarm set on chime,so if a door or window open we are alerted. I just keep a gun handy no matter what room i am in. Most of the time I am carrying, but as I write this, my .45 is within arms reach. I spend a lot time in my office and do keep another .45 on or near my computer. I am comfortable with this arrangement being a senior citizen and all.


  • Chuck


    I prefer to always keep a pistol on my body. I don’t have to retrieve anything and after you carry full time for a while you get used to the added weight and don’t notice it.


  • Randy


    @ Dave , I was having trouble with my bio safe also. My son told me to make sure my finger was moist and it works every time. If you have not tried it, lick your finger and see if it works. Hope this helps.


  • MIke


    When the SHTF and that EMP goes off you will with all those digital locks and bio metrics were mechanical. One on the hip is always the best bet.


  • Jeff Benson


    It’s 9pm and as I sit reading this, I have a pistol in my pocket and 3 of my grandkids (4 & under) running around. No chance of them getting hold of it and it’s always at arms length. For me, I find this a more logical solution than hiding a gun in EVERY room. Hiding one in the living room next to my chair wouldn’t a bad idea since that’s where we spend the majority of our time.


    • usafoldsarge


      I am having a hard time trying to figure out which is more useless, an empty cylinder/magazine-with or without a trigger lock- OR a small arsenal in a gun safe that requires time to get to, time open, and perhaps time to load any one of those weapons. The America of today, bears no resemblance to the America that the military died to preserve in 1945 with the end of WW2. I was 11 years old and could recite the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, give a decent rendition of of the Bill of Rights. Most teachers and professors today are probably lucky to be able to find them. I was born and raised in SW NY State, at 14 I owned a shotgun and as long as I had a licensed hunter (16 or older) we could carry and use the gun. We use to carry them into school, take them to the principle’s office, along ammo. When we came to pick them up after school, he always said, be safe, AND I like rabbit, squirrel and grouse……..I leave with asking- “Did I waste 25 plus years of my life in the USAF???????


    • Dark Angel


      Sadly, America, today, is not the America for which I went to Vietnam. Nor is it the America for which thousands of young and not-so-young men laid down their lives for. Somewhere in the ensuing years, it has become little more than another 3rd world country. Growing up in the 50’s, we never locked our doors, even when we were away from the house, never thinking or worrying that someone would break in. Now, as I sit here, writing this, my door is locked, my NAA .22 revolver is on my belt and my .45 cal., 1911 is within arms reach. Never mind, stashing guns allover my apartment, I want my handy. Why? Because in this unrecognizable America, people break in your door, knowing full-well that someone is home and not caring. Because more often than not, they will kill you to keep you from bearing witness against them. But, I say, ‘Let them come.’ I have a very nasty surprise waiting for them when they kick in my door.




    I have several different safes, key, electronic & dial. One I bought to put on the wall next to the TV in the room where we spend most of our time and it’s not too noticeable it one where when the biometric lock is activated it opens with a gun in hand drop down.
    It says you can have multiple “administrators” so I programmed in both my wife and myself as administrators, before as operators. I don’t know if I misunderstood or not but it never worked every time and eventually quite altogether. I erased the administrator/operator readings and started from scratch with just me as administrator and both my wife and I as operators and now it works 100% each & every time.
    As with most things, often the biggest problem is with the instructions, either who wrote them or understanding and interpreting them.
    I was ready to take it back and now I’m completely happy with its reliability. It of course has a key backup.


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